The NCLR Latino Families HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
Based on the results of a groundbreaking multiyear, 14-site national needs assessment of 322 HIV-positive and high-risk Latinos, a peer education and media campaign to prevent HIV infection and AIDS is being developed and evaluated. One of the major purposes of the project is to help Latinos better understand their risk for HIV and improve rates of HIV testing. This project is currently being conducted in San Ysidro, El Paso and in Hattiesburg. Educational materials, including brochures and public service announcements in Spanish and English are being distributed throughout the U.S. In addition, HIV-positive Latino peer advocates and HIV-negative promotores were trained to provide targeted outreach and education, while promoting HIV testing and facilitating early access to HIV treatment for underserved Latinos. A media kit containing a press guide, PSAs, and brochures is currently being printed and will be released later this year. Findings from this project led to the development of the Latinas and HIV/AIDS Summit.