Latinx AIDS Awareness Day observed

RALEIGH, N.C. — Faith leaders, advocates and community members from across North Carolina gathered at the State Capitol on Oct. 15 to commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. The event, hosted by the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolinas, Latino Commission on AIDS and the NC AIDS Action Network, remembered members of the Latinx community who were lost to HIV/AIDS, but also looked to the future towards the policies needed to address disparities in the Latinx community.

The Latinx community in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. They represent 17 percent of the population, but accounted for approximately 24 percent of HIV infections among adults and adolescents in 2014. The awareness day helps to raise HIV awareness and promote HIV testing, prevention, and education, in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis.

Judith Montenegro, director of community organizing at Latinos in the Deep South shared, “It’s important now more than ever to elevate these themes in our communities particularly in the Southeast of the United States, since 37 percent of Latinx diagnoses with HIV live in this region.” This year’s theme was “We’ll Defeat AIDS con Ganas.” “Con Ganas” is a Spanish phrase used in informal conversation to denote being motivated enough to act.


Center launches focus groups

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., has begun a series of focus groups that address the needs of LGBT-friendly senior housing.

Participants are divided into two groups — men and women — with each individual being afforded the opportunity to share their perspectives in the information-gathering project.

Sessions are limited to 12 participants and an RSVP is required. Email Les Geller at to learn more or to be included. Each session will have different individual participants. The project’s focus groups began on Oct. 30 and continued on Nov. 3. More sessions will be held on Nov. 5, 13 and 14 at an undisclosed location.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.