|National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day|
|Tuesday, 20 March 2012|
Today, March 20th, 2012, has been designated as the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The United Confederation of Taíno People has joined in the effort, so that we can help our community by providing the resources available such as programs, information and testing sites.
The annual rates of infection for people whose origins are from Spanish-speaking countries are staggering, according to a statistical study in 2009. Men from these countries will have almost three times more, the probability of infection, than that of a man whose race is white from a non-Spanish-speaking county. Women, unfortunately, have a probability of more than four times over that of a woman whose race is white from a non-Spanish-speaking country. We rated third in the "Estimates of New HIV infections in the United States, 2009, for most affected sub-populations".
We strongly stress a proactive approach; get tested! By visiting www.hivtest.org and entering your zip code, you will obtain a list of testing sites, map and indication of which sites are offering free testing.
If your results are negative, you can continue to protect yourself; shall you be positive, we understand early treatment is the best defense to prolong your life and that of others. Sadly, it is the high percentage of undiagnosed cases that is affecting our community.
A new program for our youth has been created, WERNATIVE, there are several videos on YouTube, as well as a Facebook page, ran by youth for youth, where they can share information not limited to Sexually Transmitted Diseases, but youth issues, concerns, their culture, etc.. They can also text 24587, and they will receive weekly texts related to them.
It is our opinion, that awareness is the key to lower and/or minimize those statistics. Share this information with friends and family. Get tested.
National HIV and STD Testing Resources http://www.hivtest.org/
To learn more about the United Confederation of Taíno People, you can visit us at www.uctp.org