8 Latino Celebs Who Bring Awareness to the AIDS Crisis

December 1st is World AIDS Awareness Day. Did you know that 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases are women? And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latinas are 4 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS than non-Hispanic white women. These statistics are proof that we need to continue to educate one another about this epidemic. Here are 10 Latino celebrities who are bringing awareness to the AIDS crisis:

1. AIDS awareness slide 01 Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

For her 80th birthday, Chita celebrated by helping in the fight against AIDS: giving a concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


2. AIDS awareness slide 02 Juanes

Juanes

The Colombian singer has long been an advocate for AIDS awareness. In 2012, he held a concert performance to highlight the impact of AIDS on the Latino community. Earlier this year, Juanes launched a PSA to help build awareness about HIV in the young Latino community.


3. AIDS awareness slide 03 Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

The Puerto Rican papá of two teamed up with M.A.C. cosmetics last year to create Viva Glam Ricky -- a lipstick part of the make-up line’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign in Latin America. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Ricky's product went directly toward M.A.C’s AIDS Fund.


4. AIDS awareness slide 04 Pedro, MTV

Pedro Zamora

Pedro was one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be highlighted on national TV. He brought international attention to HIV/AIDS when he appeared on MTV's The Real World in 1994, but he also served as an AIDS educator. Sadly, Pedro succumbed to AIDS on November 11, 1994, but his story and activism has been one of the reasons many continue to fight to raise awareness in the Latino community.


5. AIDS awareness slide 05 Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra

The Project Runway All-Star designer publicily announced that he was HIV positive and he has since been working to raise awareness about the disease. When we spoke with Mondo last year, he told us all about HIV-awareness campaign. "I teamed up with Merck for the 'I Design' campaign, which is really a platform for people to understand and tailor their approach to their life and treatment plans," he said. "When you're living with disease or living with HIV, everyone is different and our needs are different and the campaign is really there to reflect that and get people the information they need."


6. AIDS awareness slide 06 La La Anthony

La La Anthony

During a recent interview, La La spoke about the desire to end the "ignorance" about AIDS that is seen in Hispanic and African American communities. The 34-year-old TV personality currently works with Reed for Hope to help in the fight against this deadly illness.


7. AIDS awareness slide 07 Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez

The Puerto Rican star has been an AIDS activist for over 20 years! She works with the Latino Commission on AIDS and with those in Puerto Rico attempting to make medications more readily available. "There’s still that 25-year-old stigma that it’s a gay disease," she said.


8. AIDS awareness slide 08 America Ferrera

America Ferrera

In 2008, the former Ugly Betty star hosted third annual Hot in Hollywood charity event in L.A. to benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.