Crowley Statement on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Oct 15, 2014 Issues: Health Care, In the Community

(Queens, NY) - Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the statement below marking National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which is recognized annually on October 15:

“National Latino AIDS Awareness Day serves as both a remembrance to those we have lost to this devastating disease, as well as a call to action. While there is progress to recognize, we cannot lose sight of the work that lies ahead to educate, raise awareness, and fight to eliminate this disease once and for all. This is a battle that must be fought not just today, but every day.”

In comparison with other races/ethnicities, Latinos in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, Latinos accounted for over one-fifth of all new HIV infections in the U.S. – more than 3 times as high as that of non-Hispanic whites.

For more information on AIDS/HIV, or to find your nearest testing center, please call the New York City Department of Health at 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health.  

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.