New York’s own Wilson Cruz (@) reminds us how important conversation about HIV is - with friends, with family, and especially with those in your private life. As a Puerto Rican, Cruz is a member of the gay latino community embattled with rising rates of HIV diagnoses.
We are inspired by his words ahead of National LatinX AIDS Awareness Day (@) on October 15.
Today, Latinos account for approximately a quarter of all new HIV diagnoses in the country. Data shows that Latinos and other minorities living with HIV achieve viral suppression at lower rates than their non-minority counterparts do. An estimated 73 percent of PrEP users are white, while three-quarters of new HIV infections occur among people of color.
Loving yourself is important - and so is loving those in your community. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and make sure they are doing everything that they can to end the epidemic. It’s time we through conversation, commitment, and care!