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Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza Joins the Fight Against AIDS by Getting Tested for HIV
Date:10/8/2008

erse 2008, Dayana Mendoza. "By getting tested I hope to encourage Latinos all over the country, to know their status. It is very important that people understand that HIV is preventable, let's learn the facts and get involved."

"Last year community based organizations participating in NLAAD events reported testing over 3,200 individuals, this year with expanded outreach efforts and with the support of Orasure Technologies Inc. we are providing 10,000 Oraquick HIV Testing Kits across the country," stated Liliana Ranon, NLAAD Director.

The Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation spearheaded the development of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in response to growing epidemic. NLAAD was developed as a national organizing vehicle to foster collaboration among community based organizations and local and state health departments to help stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in Latino communities.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino/Hispanic communities. The Commission is the leading national Latino AIDS organizations coordinating National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and other prevention and advocacy programs in more than 40 States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For more information visit http://www.latinoaids.org or http://www.nlaad.org.

The MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, God's Love We Deliver, APICHA and Gay Men's Health Crisis, Miss Universe is armed
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