Some of the very same issues Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people are facing today—HIV/AIDS, immigration, discrimination, access to higher education, affordable housing, homelessness and poverty—are problems being faced by the Hispanic community.
It is important that we work in every community to pull our resources together and raise awareness.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has incorporated health as a major platform in its advocacy, which includes raising awareness, educating the community, and working to end HIV/AIDS.
National HIV Testing Day
For the past five years, LULAC has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote HIV Testing among Latinos. This partnership has included programming with the National Hispanic Medical Association to promote National HIV Testing Day. LULAC also encourages HIV testing via social media campaigns, health talks at LULAC local and state meetings, and at our national convention expo with CDC outreach booths.
Latinos Living Healthy
Under LULAC’s Act Against AIDS Campaign, Latinos Living Healthy has offered 10 stipends in the amount of $2,000 each to LULAC councils that demonstrate a commitment to eliminating HIV in their community. The funding is used to start a new program or supplement existing HIV screenings efforts.
LULAC has also helped distribute bilingual literature and public service announcements in the Latino community in targeted areas around the United States.
In the District of Columbia, our LULAC state convention has featured Whitman Walker Clinic’s outreach staff to speak to our youth, young adult and adult members about Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent. PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but for those who do not have insurance, a health care provider can provide medication assistance programs that help pay for PrEP medicine.
Also in the District of Columbia, LULAC members from every council have participated in the annual Walk & 5K to End HIV. Held for the past 32 years, the Walk & 5K to End HIV supports the District’s largest HIV/AIDS resource center, Whitman-Walker Health. WWH’s signature fundraiser calls on thousands of area residents to strap up their shoes and walk or run to support WWH’s mission of providing dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
LULAC Lambda has raised nearly $1,000 for this fun. In the past, LULAC Lambda has also collaborated with WWH to provide testing at DC Latino Pride, assembled thousands of condom and lube packets that are distributed and LGBTQ bars, and presented HIV/AIDS programming in monthly meetings.
Our next big event will be the Walk & 5K to End HIV. Join LULAC Lambda on Saturday, October 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. & 13th St NW). Make a donation or join our team by clicking here: https://walktoendhiv.org/support/#p2p//13246
For More Information...
Legal Rights for the HIV Positive https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/living-well-with-hiv/your-legal-rights/civil-rights