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HIV Prevention and Education

Knowledge of HIV risk and treatment options remains a significant barrier to preventing the spread of the disease among Latinos and helping Latinos with HIV/AIDS to stay healthy. The Commission is strongly committed to ongoing Spanish language health education and strategic media campaigns that educate the general public about HIV treatment and prevention, as well as other health disparities affecting Latino communities.

HIV prevention and education at the Commission is offered by the following programs:

Latino Religious Leadership Program

The Latino Religious Leadership Project provides HIV prevention education to Latinos in faith based communities in the targeted geographic regions. There are 36 communities of faith directly engaged in the program, reaching over 3,000 congregants. Member churches and communities of faith provide HIV prevention/health education workshops on a monthly basis, participate in citywide and borough-wide conferences and forums on AIDS issues, distribute HIV prevention literature, arrange for HIV testing and other health screening activities (such as blood-pressure exams, diabetes screenings, etc.) on site at church locations in conjunction with local health institutions, and participate in trainings on HIV/AIDS prevention which are given by the Commission.
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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

This is the Commission's hallmark awareness initiative to draw attention to the critical role HIV testing and prevention education plays in stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among Latino communities. Observed annually on October 15, the Commission mobilizes more than 350 community organizations in over 250 cities across the country to host HIV testing, education and prevention initiatives.
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Oasis Community Pride Center

The center provides comprehensive services that support and foster the health of Latinx communities & allies. The center works with people from all walks of life where they can get their routine sexual health screenings, get a coffee and socialize in a safe and friendly space, or want to be part of a vibrant empowered community.
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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.
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. Oasis Wellness Center
OASIS aims to reduce new infections, increase access to care and promote health equity in our communities.
NLAAD - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day NLAAD
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day promotes HIV testing and prevention education nationwide.
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CDC DISCLAIMER: This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing. needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. Individuals who are mentioned or whose photographs appear on this site are not necessarily HIV positive or have AIDS. This site is not designed to provide medical care, if you are ill, please seek medical advice from a licensed practioner. HIV prevention materials funded by CDC must be approved by local program review panels, however, the materials may be considered controversial by some viewers.