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FOR RELEASE: October 4 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, October 15

To mark a special day of awareness and prevention against HIV/AIDS in the Latino community, the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Hispanic Federation, cities across the nation, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will recognize the 5th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Wake up! Take control! Take the HIV test! -Despierto! Toma control! Hazte La Prueba del VIH!”

The Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City will be providing testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that day. In addition, UNIVISION, Telemundo, Radio La Z and Radio La Indomable will be helping to promote the event.

“There are a wealth of resources available to anyone serious about addressing prevention of HIV/AIDS,” said Michael Harmon, Chief, OSDH HIV/STD Service. “I support all efforts to bring awareness and educate the Latino community about this important issue.”

According to OSDH cumulative data as of December 2006, the latest data available, there were 4,365 Oklahomans living with HIV or AIDS. Of these, six percent (134) of HIV cases, and six percent (124) of AIDS cases, were reported in the Hispanic population. Hispanics also make up six percent of Oklahoma’s population.

For information about Latino Awareness Day activities, contact Claudia Barajas at the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City, (405) 236-0701; Pat Kroblin at Planned Parenthood in Tulsa, (918) 260-7680; or Kate Neary-Pounds at HOPE in Tulsa, (918) 749-8378. For a complete list of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day activities occurring throughout the U.S., visit www.nlaad.org.


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