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CARAS, 30th anniversary of the first AIDS case reported by CDC
Monday, December 13 and Friday, December 17, 2010 -

 

CARAS, is the first of a series of events as part of the remembrance of the 30th anniversary (June 2011) of the first AIDS case reported by the Center of Disease Control (CDC).

This event consists of 30 artistic photographs of Hispanic celebrities and community leaders. The artistic creator, the well known photographer Victor Rodriguez utilized the metallic paper on canvas technique. You may view the entire collection online at www.victorrodriguez.biz.

The original one-of-a-kind photographs will be on display December 13th – December 17th at the City of Orlando Rotunda. This great event is hosted by Commissioner Tony Ortiz, and sponsored by Gilead Sciences Orlando and Trabajando Juntos. A reception will take place on December 15, 2010 at 5:30 P.M., City Hall, Overlook Room, 9th floor.

Building partnerships between media organizations, the private sector, personalities and community leaders is vital to achieving our goal: HIV/AIDS prevention in the Hispanic community.

CARAS PERSONALIDADES PARTICIPANTES

Alexis Valdés - Allan Villafaña - Ana María Polo - Carmen Dominicci - Daisy Ballmajo - Enrique Santos - Fernando del Rincón - Francisco Gattorno - Gilberto Reyes - Ivelín Giro - Joe Ferrero - Johnny Dread - José Antonio Alvarez – Lena - Lili Rentería - Liliana Rodríguez - Lilibeth Morillo - Louis Aguirre - Lourdes Ruíz-Toledo - Luis Enrique - Luis García - Malena Burke - Maria Elvira Salazar - Maritza Rodríguez – Marytrini - Nicolás Felizola - Paulina Rubio - Patricia de León - Poncho de Anda - Sandra Hoyos - Roxana García.

As we enter the 30th year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, CARAS, aims to make us pause, focus and reevaluate what is going on with this disease and its prevention strategies. CARAS is the first of a series of events in observation of the first case of AIDS reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in June 1981.

There are many of us whose lives have intersected in some way with HIV/AIDS; whether through infection, care, loss of a loved one, or activism. In today’s world, HIV/AIDS is a reality with some communities being unduly affected.

Although HIV/AIDS is preventable, gaining insight into the social realities in which it becomes manifested is not an easy task.  The project aspires to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in order to encourage people to react, get informed and protect themselves. This disease is disproportionately affecting Hispanics due to many systemic factors that contribute to prevalence rates. Inequitable access to healthcare, violence against women, socio-economic and socio-cultural conditions, lack of encouragement for those testing positive to live openly in the community, human trafficking, xenophobia and stigma are some of these factors.

Building partnerships between media organizations, the private sector, personalities and community leaders is vital to achieving our goal.  The need to join forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS cannot be overstated.

•IN FLORIDA, HISPANICS REPRESENT 20% OF THE TOTAL ADULT POPULATION; 18% OF THE AIDS AND 19% OF THE HIV CASES.
•BETWEEN THE YEARS 1999 TO 2008, THE PERCENTAGE OF HIV CASES AMONG HISPANIC ADULTS INCREASED BY 76%.
•HISPANIC WOMEN ARE MORE THAN 3 TIMES AS LIKELY AS WHITE WOMEN TO BE REPORTED WITH HIV.

HISPANIC MEN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

•1 in 117 in Florida
•1 in 130 in Orange County

Main transmission mode: 70% -MSM (men who have sex with men)

HISPANIC WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

•1 in 472 in Florida
•1 in 375 in Orange County

Main transmission mode: 83% heterosexual contact

HISPANIC MSM LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (Gay/bi sexual men)

•1 in 18 in Florida
•1 in 22 in Orange County

Main transmission mode: 70% -MSM (men who have sex with men)

Data: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Disease_ctrl/aids/index.html; Out in the Open Report
Inquiries: 1-888-246-SIDA – haap@emservices.com

 

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