Maverick County Hospital District is observing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on Tuesday, October 15.
The annual observance focuses on increasing awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States.
MCHD joins the NLAAD campaign to help promote HIV testing and support services in our community, including access to the Ryan White/HIV Social Services program.
Ryan White Program Director Dr. Marcos A. Trevino emphasizes the importance of Aids/HIV awareness and testing. It is important to raise awareness on the impact of this disease in the Hispanic/Latin community, and make sure that diagnosed citizens know that there are resources available for them.
The MCHD Ryan White Program is here to provide free testing and information to anyone in our 9 county service area.
According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanic/Latinos represent nearly 18% of the total population of the United States, but accounted for 26% of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 in the United States. It is of paramount importance that every community in the United States to have access to the latest prevention and treatment options.
The Ryan White/HIV Social Services Program was established to improve the quality and availability of care for low-income, uninsured, and under insured individuals and families affected by the HIV/AIDS disease. The program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary care, essential support services, medication, and other access to healthcare.
For more information about the MCHD Ryan White Program, please contact Dr. Marcos A. Trevino at (830) 757-4937.