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The Latino Commission on AIDS is a national 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, building capacity in local organizations and health departments, and conducting community-driven research and evaluation. 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. The Commission is currently providing services in more than 40 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
On June 27, 2008, the Latino Commission organized an HIV testing and awareness activity in support of National HIV Testing Day. Those in attendance included Monica Sweeney (Assistant Commissioner of New York City Health Department's HIV Prevention and Control Bureau), Dennis deLeon (President of the Latino Commission on AIDS), and Miss Dominican Republic-U.S. Jennifer Peña. Ms. Sweeney highlighted the importance of testing early and frequently and learning about protection. Ms. Peña was publicly tested for HIV to encourage young women about the importance of knowing their status.
For National HIV Testing Day 2009, the Latino Commission on AIDS is sponsoring a week of HIV testing June 22 through June 27 titled "National HIV Awareness Week." This is taking place at the offices of the Latino Commission in New York City.
The Latino Commission on AIDS is cofounder of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, held annually on October 15, and is an active member of the Cross Coordination of Awareness Days. The Commission works closely with the National Association of People with AIDS, AIDS.gov, and the AIDS Institute in Florida to provide awareness days' directors and organizers with an open forum for communication and an opportunity to share resources, tools, skills, and best practices.
Manos Unidas is a capacity-building program designed to assist community-based organizations in the northeastern region of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with implementation, adaptation, quality assurance, and evaluation of effective behavioral HIV prevention interventions targeting Latinos. Services include onsite technical consultations, skills building workshops and trainings, information transfers, and regional conferences. The Commission also hosts Puente Latino (Latino Bridge), a teleconference-based network that offers the opportunity for community-based organizations to create partnerships and collaborate with colleagues from other organizations in implementing, adapting, and tailoring culturally sensitive programs around specific interventions.
The Commission offers a number of resources, including Reducing the Stigma of HIV/AIDS through Understanding, Compassion, and Action and HIV Prevention in Immigrant and Migrant Communities.
The Latino Commission on AIDS
24 W. 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
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