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For Immediate Release
July 24, 2014
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Emily Klukas
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Using Community Readiness Assessments to Step up the Pace: Latino Commission on AIDS Releases Home HIV Test White Paper

New York, NY, July 24, 2014 – As new HIV research floods out of the Biannual International AIDS Conference this week in Australia, the Latino Commission on AIDS releases Assessing Community Readiness for Structural Interventions to Prevent the Spread of HIV: The Case of the HIV Home Test, a white paper that details the process and outcome of a readiness assessment to ensure accessibility, acceptability and availability of a key public health tool for key populations.

Download it here!

HIV testing technology has made an enormous impact on the epidemic, providing us with the ability to identify HIV infection. As new technology emerges, such as the release of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, tailored public health strategies must be developed with a nuanced understanding of how such a technology will be received by key populations at risk for the virus.

 “The process of moving from research to implementation is no small feat and requires that community based organizations have to resources to get these new HIV tools into their communities,” said Emily Klukas, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation at the Latino Commission on AIDS. “This white paper is such a resource that walks step-by-step through the process to understand specifically how a new HIV prevention tool may impact a specific community.”

The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS. The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Latinos and the Deep South, and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories. The Latino Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to eliminate health disparities in our communities. For more information visit: or

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