October 14th, 2016 | Viewpoint


On October 15, many communities will mark National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a day to recognize the significant impact of HIV on Latino individuals and to encourage HIV testing and care. nlaad-2016-group-shot

You may notice a change in the name of the observance this year. “Latinx” (pronounced La-teen-ex) is a gender-neutral alternative to Latino/Latina. The term has been gaining acceptance from activists and journalists, and the community sponsors of NLAAD have adopted it to be more inclusive.

Today we offer social media resources for your communication around NLAAD.


Using the hashtag #NLAAD connects you with the larger conversation. These are some handles that are talking HIV and NLAAD:





Join @NLAAD & @LULAC for the #NLAAD Twitterchat tomorrow, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Watch (and perhaps go) Live on Facebook:

Have you watched our Facebook Live session with two of the U.S. Conference on AIDS 2016 Social Media Fellows?  Alex Castro-Croy and Jesus Manuel Cotto Carrero spoke with Michael Alonso of the Broward County (FL) Health Department in our first-ever Facebook Live event en español. The dialogue may give you ideas about using social media to reach Latinos on and beyond NLAAD and about the impact of HIV among these populations. If you are posting on your Facebook page, look for cover art and more images from CDC and the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign.

Find Services:

To find places to get tested, use the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator to locate nearby clinics. We’ve got an app for the Locator too. Visit our HIV basics page to find out more about HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment facts and resources.

Learn about the Strategy:

Watch and share the Our Strategy: HIV Community Voices from across the United States video, and read and share the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, available in English and Spanish.

Get Covered:

NLAAD is just a few weeks away from the November 1st start of open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace. Please visit Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov. There are four new Spanish language videos from the ACE TA Center that talk about key health insurance termswhat’s covered by insurance, where to go for different types of health care, and tax credit.

More Resources:

The AIDS.gov NLAAD page collects HIV-related resources from across the US Government.

Additional HIV-related resources are available from:

CDC’s Act Against AIDS:  @talkHIV

Affordable Care Act Espano@CuidadoDeSalud

AIDS.gov Recursos en Español

Office of Minority Health: @SaluddeMinorias

InfoSIDA: @infosida

We encourage you to follow the AIDS.gov blog this week and beyond, as we continue to report on responding to the epidemic and the communities most affected by HIV.

**This post was originally published on October 11, 2016 on AIDS.gov.

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