Juanes performance to highlight impact of HIV/AIDS in Latin community

Juanes is going to be in Washington, D.C., tomorrow for a very special evening. He's headlining The Beat Goes On IV concert for a VERY special cause.

He will be singing to spotlight the way that HIV and AIDS has affected the Latino community. This concert is "being held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America's youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention."


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It's pretty impressive that the Colombian star is doing this concert for such an important cause. Although he's no stranger to philanthropy and activism (he established the Mi Sangre Foundation to help the victims of anti-personnel mines and played a Peace Concert in Cuba in 2009), highlighting this concert for AIDS awareness is a big step.

I think it's something that is unfortunately not discussed enough in our community. I certainly have never talked about the topic with any of my family members (except for maybe my younger brother) and we need to be discussing it more. Isn't that the whole point of prevention? You have to be willing to TALK about how to stop it.

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I'm definitely excited to see Juanes doing this concert. I think it's a great first step to get the conversation going in our community. Unfortunately, Latinos accounted for 20% of new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2009, according to the CDC. Anything that Juanes can do to raise that awareness, I am going to undoubtedly support. Good luck to him!

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