Do You Know Your HIV Status? Take The Test. Take Control

AIDS Awareness RibbonOn June 27, the nation will observe the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day. This year’s theme is “Take the Test. Take Control.”

Testing yourself for HIV is extremely important for making the appropriate decisions in your life concerning your health moving forward. Certain groups, including African Americans, Latinos, and gay and bisexual men of all races/ethnicities, continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.

Within the Latino community, HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue that cannot be taken lightly.

In 2009, Latinos accounted for 20 percent of new HIV cases making the rate of new infections three times that of whites, according to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention.

There are various causes for spreading of the infection, namely unprotected sex between men and injected drug usage among Puerto Ricans especially.