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Mission Statement

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit organization.

In response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos, a coalition of Latino leaders founded the agency in 1990. The Commission realizes its mission by spearheading health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations. Through its extensive network of partner organizations and community leaders, the Commission works to mobilize an effective community response to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis & STIs in communities nationwide. The Latino Commission on AIDS has proudly served the Latinx LGBTQ population and is committed in creating and promoting a safe space. The Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to eradicate health disparities in our communities.

Guillermo Chacón

Since its inception, the Commission has been directed by Dennis de Leon, a tireless advocate and national leader of the Latino community struggle to address the epidemic until his passing in December 2009. Guillermo Chacón, former Vice-President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and a national leader on Latinos and HIV/AIDS issues was named President by the Board of Directors in November 2009.

Dennis deLeon
President Emeritus

The Commission is dedicated to resolving the HIV crisis in the Latino community, where social stigma, poverty, language barriers, immigration status fears, and access to care, deter testing and increase the infection rate. Over 200,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are living with HIV/AIDS. The fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., Latinos constitute 17% of the U.S. population but account for over 19% of the AIDS cases.

Our Five Core Services
The Commission's public health model encompasses five core and complementary services provided to Latino communities: health education, HIV prevention, capacity building, advocacy, and health behavioral research. All services are offered in Spanish by a culturally diverse bilingual staff of health, education and business professionals.

• Health Education [+]
• HIV Prevention [+]
• Capacity Building Assistance [+]
• Advocacy & Awareness [+]
• Hispanic Health Behavioral Research [+]

Spreading the Message
With illustrations and pictures, the Latino Commission on AIDS has used many powerful images the message education, to spread of prevention, training or awareness.

Our Supporters
Ryan White Title
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The New York State Department of Health (AIDS Institute)
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

AIDS United
The Hispanic Federation

El Diario/la prensa
Glaxo Smith Kline
New York –Presbyterian
NYU Silver School of Social Work
Orasure Technologies
ViiV Healthcare
Visiting Nurse Services of New York

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Quick Link to Programs
HIV Testing at the Commission HIV Testing (EIS)
Free, Confidential HIV Rapid Testing. Results obtained in minutes. Pre and post test counseling session.
Hands United - Manos Unidas: Assisting community-based organizations in developing prevention programs Hands United
Assisting community-based organizations in targeting, developing and sustaining HIV prevention programs for vulnerable populations.
Mpowerment Project: A peer and network based intervention targeting gay and bisexual men in NYC. Oasis Wellness Center
OASIS aims to reduce new infections, increase access to care and promote health equity in our communities.
NLAAD - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day NLAAD
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day promotes HIV testing and prevention education nationwide.
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