CAP to commemorate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day this Friday
By Julie Cortez, El Hispanic News
Portland, OR — National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) coincides with the final day of Hispanic Heritage Month — Oct. 15 — and this year’s theme is “Hispanics United to End AIDS. Get Tested for HIV.”
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) will mark the occasion a little early this Friday, Oct. 12, with ¡Concientízate!, a free annual celebration of Latin art, culture, and music at Pivot (209 SW 4th Ave, Portland). From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music, dance, art, free Latin American food — and free rapid HIV testing.
“Communities of color are some of the hardest hit by this disease, and recognition in a culturally appropriate way is paramount in keeping HIV/AIDS at bay,” CAP Executive Director Michael Kaplan said in a press release.
Also according to the release:
Entertainment will begin with a ceremonial blessing of the event by Danza Azteca Mexica Tiahui followed by performances by Bajo Salarios, and Latin Folk songwriter Edna Vazquez with special guest Adrienne Locke. Also featured will be the art of local Latino artists Amanda Russell, Antonio Alcocer, Chris Beanes, Hector Hernandez & Yuri Figueroa.
… The event is being co-sponsored by Cascade AIDS Project, Pivot, CHATpdx, Multnomah County Health Department, OYE (Opciones y Educación), the Latino Network, CAUSA, Latino Art Now, and Portland Latino Gay Pride.
For more information visit Pivot’s website. If you can’t make it to the event but have questions about HIV/AIDS, call the Oregon AIDS Hotline at 503-223-AIDS, 800-777-AIDS, or 800-499-6940 (español). Local resources for HIV testing can be found here.
In the meantime, check out this inspiring clip from the bilingual video series, “Sharing Stories, Creating Hope” by the Latino Commission on AIDS.
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