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Test for Life Marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, Announces Launch of Florida Coalition
Date:10/15/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Test for Life marked the fourth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and announced the launch of its newest state coalition, Test for Life Florida.

Increasingly, HIV/AIDS is spreading among minority communities, particularly among Hispanics. Nationally, one in five people living with HIV are Hispanic. Hispanics represent 14 percent of the U.S. population and account for 18 percent of AIDS cases. The rate of HIV diagnosis remains disproportionately high for Hispanics. In 2005, the annual rate of HIV diagnosis for Hispanics was three times that of non-Hispanic whites.

The Test for Life Campaign supports National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which was created by The Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation. For more information, visit http://www.nlaad.org.

Test for Life also announced the launch of Test for Life Florida as part of its national HIV testing campaign that aims to educate local communities of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Test for Life has launched Spanish websites for California http://www.testforlife.org/california_esp, Florida http://www.testforlife.org/florida_esp, New York http://www.testforlife.org/newyork_esp, and Texas http://www.testforlife.org/texas_esp.

Earlier this year, Test for Life launched state coalitions in three states: Alabama, California and North Carolina.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV and that a quarter of them do not know it. CDC also estimates that the majority, 50 to 70 percent, of new sexually transmitted HIV infections are caused by individuals who are unaware of their status.

Test for Life began in 2006 as an educational campaign of the National Minority Quality Forum, designed to raise awareness of the importance of routine HIV screening in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. CDC's Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing are essential to improving early diagnosis of HIV and linking patients to early care and treatment of the disease. To learn more about Test for Life, please visit our Web site: http://www.testforlife.org.


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