February 27, 2002
'Breaking The Silence,' a Collection
of Personal Stories by HIV-Positive Latinos and Latinas
AIDS Project Los Angeles Publishes Stories
as HIV Prevention Effort
To address HIV disclosure and help prevent the spread of HIV in the Latino
community, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) recently published "Breaking The
Silence... Rompiendo El Silencio."
The twenty stories in the booklet are self-authored accounts from Latino and
Latina HIV/AIDS survivors. The authors write about their personal
experiences of disclosing their HIV status, testing positive, and facing
"The issue of HIV in the Latino community is still very much taboo," said
Angel Fabian, a staff member of APLA's POWER (Positive Wellness & Renewal)
Program. "HIV prevention is often the result of clear and frank discussion.
We must make that a possibility in our community."
"Breaking The Silence... Rompiendo El Silencio" is available at AIDS Project
Los Angeles and can be accessed on-line at http://www.apla.org/ .
The booklet was produced by APLA's POWER Program and funded through a grant
provided by the California AIDS Clearinghouse. Other individuals and
agencies who contributed to this project include APLA's Case Management,
Treatment Education and Women's Services programs, Bienestar Human Health
Services Inc, AltaMed, The Wall-Las Memorias, Women Alive, AIDS Service
Center, East Valley Community Health Center, County of Los Angeles
Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Programs and Policies, Asi
Creative Consulting and Sinclair Printing.
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest AIDS service
organizations, provides direct services to more than 10,000 men, women and
children living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. Services include
prevention education, a food bank, professional dental care, housing
assistance, mental health counseling, women's services and case management.
APLA is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in
print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies
and legislation on the local, state and federal level. For more information,
please visit http://www.apla.org/ .