The Latino Commission on AIDS will culminate its 30th anniversary at its annual Cielo Gala on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City under the theme Designing a World Without AIDS. The event will recognize several individuals who continue to work to fight against HIV and AIDS.
Those being honored are Dr. Rachel L. LevineAssistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Somos Health whose award will be accepted by Co-founder Henry R. Muñoz III, and Lucciano Reberte.
Social justice advocate and Black revolutionary Joel “Joela” Rivera will be recognized as the Commission’s Youth Ambassador as the organization renews its commitment to educate youth and new generations about HIV and AIDS, and Miss Universe Andrea Meza, who has been inducted as the newest Madrina of the Commission will provide her virtual regards.
“We are humbled and absolutely thrilled to be joined by amazing leaders and advocates in the fight against HIV and AIDS as we close another chapter in our history and continue our mission to end the HIV pandemic and its impact on Latinx communities across the U.S. and Territories,” said Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
“Latinos remain disproportionately affected by HIV, in terms of social stigma, new HIV diagnosis and the total number of HIV cases. We must continue working on education, prevention and access to care efforts in all communities until we end HIV!”
About the Latino Commission on AIDS: The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV and AIDS, viral Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), addressing stigma in the Hispanic/Latinx community.
The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Latinos in the South, the Latino Religious Leadership Program and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories.
The Commission is also the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to addressing health disparities.