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Mission Statement
The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community.

In response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos, a coalition of Latino leaders founded the agency in 1990. The Commission realizes its mission by spearheading health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations. Through its extensive network of member organizations and community leaders, the Commission works to mobilize an effective Latino community response to the health crisis created by HIV/AIDS. Since 1995, the Commission has steadily expanded its services outside New York to meet the emerging needs of Latino communities in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico.

Guillermo Chacón

Since its inception, the Commission has been directed by Dennis de Leon, a tireless advocate and national leader of the Latino community struggle to address the epidemic until his passing in December 2009. Guillermo Chacón, former Vice-President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and a national leader on Latinos and HIV/AIDS issues was named President by the Board of Directors in November 2009.

Dennis deLeon
President Emeritus

The Commission is dedicated to resolving the HIV crisis in the Latino community, where social stigma, poverty, language barriers, immigration status fears, and access to care, deter testing and increase the infection rate. Over 200,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are living with HIV/AIDS. The fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., Latinos constitute 17% of the U.S. population but account for over 19% of the AIDS cases.

Our Five Core Services
The Commission's public health model encompasses five core and complementary services provided to Latino communities: health education, HIV prevention, capacity building, advocacy, and health behavioral research. All services are offered in Spanish by a culturally diverse bilingual staff of health, education and business professionals.

• Health Education [+]
• HIV Prevention [+]
• Capacity Building Assistance [+]
• Advocacy & Awareness [+]
• Hispanic Health Behavioral Research [+]

Spreading the Message
With illustrations and pictures, the Latino Commission on AIDS has used many powerful images the message education, to spread of prevention, training or awareness.

Our Supporters
Ryan White Title
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The New York State Department of Health (AIDS Institute)

The New York City AIDS Fund (New York Community Trust)
The Altman Foundation
The Public Welfare Foundation
United Way of New York City
The Henry van Ameringen Foundation
The Hispanic Federation
The Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara Miller Foundation
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Ortho Biotech
Con Edison
Abbott Laboratories
Agouron Pharmaceuticals
AOL/Time Warner
Boeringer Ingelheim
El Diario/la prensa
Fidelis Care of New York
Glaxo Smith Kline
Goya Foods
Health Plus PHS
Health First
HIP of New York
Market Place Media, Inc.
Partners in Health
Roche Diagnostics
Serono Laboratories
Shionogi, Inc.

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Quick Link to Programs
HIV Testing at the Commission HIV Testing (EIS)
Free, Confidential HIV Rapid Testing. Results obtained in minutes. Pre and post test counseling session.
Tratamiento Ahora Instituto de Salud y Educación sobre Tratamientos
A four days training in Spanish about HIV/AIDS prevention, transmission, treatment, and related health topics.
Hands United - Manos Unidas: Assisting community-based organizations in developing prevention programs Hands United
Assisting community-based organizations in targeting, developing and sustaining HIV prevention programs for vulnerable populations.
Mpowerment Project: A peer and network based intervention targeting gay and bisexual men in NYC. Mpowerment
A peer and network based intervention targeting gay and bisexual men in the New York metro area.
NLAAD - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day NLAAD
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day promotes HIV testing and prevention education nationwide.
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