“Saturday, October 15, marks the ninth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This nationwide effort is a call to action for Hispanics/Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV/AIDS.

“This year’s theme, ‘Latinos Unite! Let’s stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV,’ highlights the importance of reducing harm and improving health in our community. In that spirit, I urge all potentially at-risk Bronxites to do themselves and their loved ones a favor and get tested for HIV/AIDS. Testing is simple and readily available, and one’s health is far too important to leave to chance,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.