October 13, 2011
Palm Beach County, Fla. -- In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), volunteers and employees of the Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County (CAP) aim to increase awareness and promote HIV prevention with Latin Night Against HIV/AIDS.CAP joins the national NLAAD organization to celebrate this event. Educational materials will be distributed and prizes will be given to winners in our HIV/AIDS question game.
In response to the overwhelming impact HIV/AIDS has in Latino communities throughout the nation, October 15th was established in 2003 by the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This day was established to draw attention to the significant role HIV testing and prevention education plays in deterring the spread of HIV/AIDS among Latinos. In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which is also the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, organizations around the country promote and sponsor activities that respond to the state of HIV/AIDS among Hispanics/Latinos in their specific communities. Hispanics/Latinos represent 16% of the nation's population but comprise an estimated 18% of people living with HIV, and 20% of new infections. National Latino AIDS Awareness Day's theme for 2011 is 'Latinos Unite! Let's Stay Healthy! GET TESTED FOR HIV'.
Currently, Florida is 3rd in the nation for cumulative AIDS cases with 121,161 since 1997. Of all Florida counties, Palm Beach County has the 3rd highest incidences of people living with HIV/AIDS with 7,611 reported cases as of 5/26/11. As of 12/31/2010, 927 Hispanics in Palm Beach County were living with HIV/AIDS, accounting for 12% of living HIV/AIDS cases in the County. (Source: Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS).
CAP provides and promotes education, advocacy and compassion to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through case management, prevention and other support services. CAP works throughout Palm Beach County to provide housing assistance, food, transportation, mental health counseling and emergency assistance to clients and families living with HIV/AIDS.
Since its inception in 1985, CAP has provided educational services to more than 250,000 people in a variety of settings, including prisons, county schools, on the streets in high-risk neighborhoods, in health settings, substance abuse treatment centers, methadone clinics, and others. The local organization has grown into one of the most successful community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations in the nation.
CAP has been conducting its Community Promise program within the Hispanic community to hinder new infections among Hispanics. The program has engaged community volunteers, including cab drivers, small business owners and managers, and concerned members of the community to distribute HIV information to others in the Hispanic community.
For more information on CAP programs and services please call 561.472.2466 or visit www.cappbc.org.
For more information about the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day event call 561-472-2466 Ext. 133
To schedule a free Rapid HIV Test, please call CAP toll-free: 888 - 41RAPID (888-417-2743). Free HIV testing is available at the organization's headquarters located at FoundCare's Health Center 2330 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach and at satellite offices in Delray Beach, Riviera Beach and Belle Glade.
Latin Night for HIV/AIDS Awareness
CocoCabana Bar & Grill is located in the Barclay Square Plaza-Corner of Jog Road and 10th Avenue in Greenacres. 9PM - 1AM