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February 27, 2013

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO HOST LOCAL LAUNCH OF CDC'S LET'S STOP HIV TOGETHER CAMPAIGN - MARCH 1, 2013


Contact: Olga Connor
Rosa Oses-Prealoni
(786) 336-1276
olga_connor@doh.state.fl.us
rosa_oses@doh.state.fl.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Local Launch of Let's Stop HIV Together/Detengamos Juntos el VIH™
March 1, 2013

(Miami, February 27, 2013) – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is hosting the local launch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Let's Stop HIV Together/Detengamos juntos el VIH™, a national communications campaign to raise awareness about HIV – Friday, March 1, 2013 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Latin Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL), 1401 West Flagler Street, Miami.

New Spanish-language materials that will be featured in campaign advertising throughout the Miami-Dade County area will be unveiled as well as the release of a new Spanish-language website.

“We proudly join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness of HIV and the importance of prevention and testing,” said Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. “Through this campaign we remind Latinos that HIV affects all of us and that we have a common role to play in bringing this epidemic to an end.”

Let's Stop HIV Together launched nationally in July 2012. It is part of CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign which was developed in partnership with the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to combat complacency and stigma about HIV and AIDS and bring the issue back to the forefront of a national dialogue. The campaign features individuals living with HIV alongside their family members, loved ones, and friends.

The HIV epidemic is a serious public health issue in the Latino community. In 2010, Latinos accounted for an estimated 21% (9,800) of new HIV infections while representing approximately 16% of the total US population. The HIV infection rate among Latinos in 2010 was three times as high as that of whites (CDC, 2011). In 2012, Hispanics in Miami-Dade County accounted for 44% of reported AIDS cases and 45% of HIV infections (Florida Department of Health, 2012).

For more information about Let's Stop HIV Together, visit www.cdc.gov/ActAgainstAIDS
or contact the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, HIV/AIDS Program at 305-781-0218.
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