(Wilmington, DE) Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE) and the Latin American Community Center joined together today to urge the Delawareans to commemorate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15, 2009. The purpose of the day is to increase awareness about the importance of HIV prevention and education efforts in and among the Latino community.
Latinos are approximately 6% of the state’s population and account for nearly 7% of AIDS cases diagnosed in the Delaware. These rates mean that Latinos in Delaware as much more likely to become infected with HIV then their white counterparts. And nationally, Latinos are 2.5 times more likely to become HIV positive than whites. Hence the campaign by the National Latino Aids Awareness Coalition (www.NLAAD.org).
Annually on this day, Latinos around the country not only recognize the toll HIV has taken on their community, they also raise awareness of the importance of prevention and care through HIV testing activities, press conferences, health fairs, cultural events, candlelight vigils, religious services, health screenings, and many other activities. Planned Parenthood of Delaware and the Latin American Community Center are putting a spotlight on their HIV Testing and Education Services.
“October 15, 2009 is about power—the power of information, prevention, education and treatment for HIV in the Latino Community,” said Madeline Donato, PPDE’s Bilingual Clinician. “The message is simple: Be smart, protect yourself and get tested. Sea inteligente, protegerse y hágase una prueba.”
“This October 15, 2009 advocate and empower yourself…..Know your status! Get Tested!” said Marco Ramos, LACC HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist.
Free Testing and Services
To commemorate the day, PPDE is offering free HIV testing on October 15, 2009 at its Wilmington location, 625 Shipley Street. HIV testing is offered every day PPDE is open at all five locations on sliding fee scale based upon income. For locations and further information, check www.ppdel.org.
The Latin American Community Center HIV Prevention Program will also offer free and confidential HIV testing with results given in just 10 minutes. Free HIV education and condoms will also be provided. For more information visit our website at www.thelatincenter.org
For further information on HIV Education and Testing, people can call:
- Planned Parenthood of Delaware: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
- Latin American Community Center HIV Prevention Program: (302) 655-7338 ext 7721
The mission of Planned Parenthood of Delaware is to ensure the right of all individuals to access the appropriate information and the services necessary to make and act on personal decisions related to their own reproduction, sexuality and health. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, prenatal care, nutrition counseling, abortion, cancer screening and prevention, health education, and more. The agency serves all three counties and has operated in Delaware for over 75 years. Planned Parenthood can be found at www.ppdel.org and the Spanish language version at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/esp/index.htm
The mission of the Latin American Community Center is to advocate for and assist the Latino Community by offering programs and resources that promote empowerment and an enhanced quality of life while celebrating our diverse cultures. This year the Latin American Community Center celebrates 40 years of providing history, heritage and hope to the community.