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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day- October 15 (Oct. 12th, 2010)

Minnesota joins the eighth annual observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 15 to raise awareness to the increasing HIV infection rates among Latinos across the nation.

Since 1982, 643 Latino men, women and children have been diagnosed with HIV infection in Minnesota, including 138 that have died according to state health department officials. Currently, there are 521 Latinos living with HIV in the state.

This year’s national theme, “Save a life. It may be your own. Get tested for HIV.” speaks to the critical role and importance of prevention education and early HIV testing in saving lives. Locally, several HIV testing opportunities have been set-up throughout October by the Minnesota Latino HIV/AIDS Network and Hennepin County Public Health Clinic in observance of NLAAD:

October 15 (Free and confidential Rapid HIV testing. The first 30 people to arrive will receive a $5 gift card incentive. Gift cards are only available to patients who have not been tested in the last 3 months.), 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., La Clinica, 153 Cesar Chavez Street, St. Paul, MN 55107.

October 15, 16, 23 and 30 (Free rapid HIV testing), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on all listed dates except Oct.15th (12 – 5 p.m.), Central Mercado, 1515 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

October 14, 21 and 28 (Free HIV and syphilis testing for gay and bisexual men), 4:00 – 7:30 p.m., Hennepin County Public Health Clinic, 525 Portland Avenue – 4th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

October 17 (Free rapid HIV testing), 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pleasant Health Fair, 3801 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409.

For a full local listing, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website. For campaign resources, visit the NLAAD website.

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