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Health and Human Services

Contacts: Kathy Barton
832-393-5045
 
Porfirio Villarreal
832-393-5041

Latino HIV Task Force open house to feature networking, talk focusing on HIV's impact among Hispanics

The Latino HIV Task Force will sponsor an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive.

The event will start with a networking session for people interested in increasing education and awareness of HIV, AIDS and sexually-transmitted diseases among Hispanics in the Houston area. Dr. Olga Lugo-Torres will present “Addressing the Seriousness of HIV in the Latino Community.”

The event will feature a Houston Council Member Ed Gonzalez and a presentation on the task force’s events and initiatives planned for 2011.

Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 22 percent of the 18,364 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 18 percent of the 26,843 local AIDS cases reported to HDHHS since the start of the epidemic in 1981.

Convened by HDHHS in 2002, the task force is comprised of health agencies and community-based organizations providing HIV and AIDS prevention programs or medical treatment.

To RSVP, call 713-987-4740 or email latinohtf@hotmail.com.