Monday, October 15, 2012: Michigan Latino AIDS Awareness DayWHEREAS, the Latino community is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in Michigan, enhancing life in our communities through dedication to family, work and cultural richness; and,
WHEREAS, Latinos have a prevalence rate of 148 per 100,000 persons living with HIV compared to 68 per 100,000 for Caucasians, yet Latinos continue to get tested later in their illness; and,
WHEREAS, misconception about HIV transmission contributes to the increasing rate of new HIV diagnosis within the Latino community, making it critical to raise awareness of the potential for HIV infection in the Latino community; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health in recognizing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day; we promote and encourage effective HIV education and prevention efforts;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 15, 2012 as Michigan Latino AIDS Awareness Day.