This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Center for Disease Control. All opinions are our own.

We first told you about the One Conversation at a Time program by the CDC last year. Back then we were taken aback by the truth behind the numbers. Y no era para menos… Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.  Although representing 17% of the total US population, Latinos account for 21% of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 23% of new diagnoses of HIV infection.

Those numbers still give us all reason to pause, and think.

Last week we were asked to participate in the Valentine’s Day twitter chat around the idea of having just one conversation to inspire change. The idea is that having one conversation about HIV can help to create more awareness, and potentially decrease the number of people in our community being affected. The conversation was really eye-opening. It was great to hear from so many different voices about how they have dealt with a friend or loved one who has or had HIV. As well as to have an open dialogue around the importance of talking about this with our children.

Lo cierto es que los tabus no tienen lugar en estas conversaciones. 

Or as Gloria Trevi might have said once upon a time, we should talk sin pelos en la lengua about it. No really. We could be talking about saving the lives of the people we love.

Check out the materials from the CDC program below, and have one conversation with someone you love today.

Conversations can make a change: start One Conversation today

Conversations can make a change: start One Conversation today