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Latino Commission on AIDS Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

New York, February 7, 2012 - Today, February 7th, is the 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). After 30 years of struggle with this epidemic, it is imperative that we all work together in order to eradicate HIV/AIDS. This year's theme "Changing the course of HIV/AIDS, 1 Black Life at a Time", speaks to the importance of responding to recent data showing increasing HIV incidence for young Black men who have sex with men.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is proud to join forces with its partners and colleagues in the African American community in recognizing the urgency of addressing the impact of the epidemic in the Black community and all communities of color. HIV can be prevented. We must remember that by working together, we can continue to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other health challenges affecting our communities.

Cielo Latino, the largest fundraiser for Latino AIDS initiatives in the U.S, will take place at Cipriani Wall Street New York City on May 10, 2011. The theme for this year's star-studded benefit gala is AIDS Unmasked, which will unveil the many issues that affect people living with HIV/AIDS, including stigma and secondary health issues such as diabetes. The theme will come alive in an atmosphere of Carnivale, providing an opportunity to represent the myriad of Latino cultures and communities across the world.

Every year the event achieves a wide mix of celebrities, distinguished honorees, and notable guests within the Latino community. This year's honorees will also include Jose "Pepe" Morales Jr., Pioneer Award, Humberto Cruz, Dennis de Leon Voz de Compromiso Award, and Gilead, Business Leadership Award.

The Grammy-nominated salsa band New Swing Sextet will be the Commission's headline performer for the evening along with DJ Henry Knowles. Tickets for the event are on sale now and sponsorships are still available. For more information, please visit www.latinoaids.org/cielo or call 212-675-3288 .

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About the Latino Commission on Aids

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Founded 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. Today over 200,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are living with HIV/AIDS.

Media Contact:
John Hellman
(646) 375-4415
jhellman@latinoaids.org


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