Dallas Voice (01.14.2014)
The Dallas Voice reported that the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) awarded $38,000 to the Dallas nonprofit Resource Center to expand its Valor Latino program. Valor Latino offered comprehensive HIV prevention with bilingual, culturally appropriate education, outreach, counseling, testing, and referral services for North Texas Latino gay and bisexual men. The grant would allow Valor Latino to add a monthly support group for Latino gay and bisexual men. EJAF has awarded grants to Resource Center each year since 2011.
Valor Latino provided HIV testing for 1,627 Latino gay and bisexual men in 2012 and 2013; more than 4 percent of those tested received HIV diagnoses. More than 90 percent of those diagnosed now were receiving HIV care and services.
According to Resource Center Chief Executive Officer Cece Cox, HIV/AIDS disproportionately affected Dallas-area Hispanics. CDC reported that Latinos were the US racial/ethnic group most likely to receive late HIV diagnoses. Resource Center launched Dallas’s first HIV prevention program targeting Latino gay men in 1996.
EJAF has raised and distributed more than $300 million since 1992 for HIV prevention, harm reduction, community health and human rights empowerment campaigns, stigma eradication, and compassionate public policy development efforts around the world. EJAF also awarded funds to Out Youth and Migrant Clinicians Network in Austin, International AIDS Empowerment of El Paso, and St. Hope Foundation and AIDS Foundation in Houston.