SAN ANTONIO — Prevention, access to medical care and advocacy are on the agenda for the National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference.
In its fourth year, the conference continues to grow. Organizers say it's because it's a conversation that doesn't happen nearly enough.
"Unfortunately in the last couple of years, the Latino community was the only one to see a rise in HIV infections," said Adrian Castellanos with the Valley AIDS Council.
More 450 people from all across the U.S. are in San Antonio to learn and share experiences.
For three days, doctors, directors, program managers and social workers come together to address the stigma of HIV and Hepatitis C in the Latino community — especially along the Southern border.
Along with preexisting stigma, directors say there are large barriers for the LGBTQ community in Latino households when it comes to talking about sexuality and sexual health.
In addition to focusing on HIV and Hep C, a new angle for this year is looking for ways to improve healthcare for those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
"If current trends continue, by 2020, so within two years 1 in 4 Latinos will zero convert, meaning they will acquire HIV in their lifetime. That's a quarter of us," Castellanos said.
For more information on the conference, visit latinosandhiv.org.