One in every four people living with HIV or AIDS in Pima County are Latino, Pima County health officials report.

The impact of HIV on Latino communities is directly related to health disparities and other barriers such as poverty, migration and cultural stigma, according to the Pima County Health Department.

A Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee has been formed to “talk openly with the community and Latino families about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education for Latinos,” said Andres Cano, assistant to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias.

“We didn’t see too far of an increase this year, but it is significant to know that as a whole Arizona has seen a 30 percent rise of reported HIV cases overall,” he said.

Tucson’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Community Dinner & Conversation is October 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the El Casino Ballroom, 437 E. 26th St.