HIV Justice Lead
Carlitos is a LOUD Boricua from Juncos Puerto Rico. With a bachelor's degree in fine arts & digital media from the University of Puerto Rico, Carlitos has been awarded with different recognitions for his contribution to advocacy efforts and the development of educational and artistic activism programs for the benefit of the individuals of Central Florida.
As HIV Justice Program Manager and Resident Artist for Qlatinx, Carlitos works towards the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections using innovative tactics that icludes social media, the use of art as outreach mechanism and has developed countless outreach strategies for the education and support of the Central Florida LGBTQ Latinx community.
As one of the leads for the Latinx HIV Taskforce (Qlatinx + Talk Test Treat), he helps moderate collective conversations between health providers & community leaders in different sectors to create a positive impact on the HIV epidemic that affects our Latinx community in Central Florida. The mission of the Latinx HIV Taskforce is to work together to build healthier and more empowered Latinx communities by collectively planning strategies that are tailored to Nuestra Gente.
Currently Carlitos serves as president for Central Florida’s Latino Outreach & Understanding Division. AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (LOUD) was founded by Latinos determined to make a difference in their community. Carlitos body of work priorities in artistic & visual marketing initiatives that are culturally relevant and effective at encouraging positive behavioral change in Latino communities throughout the Central Florida & The United States. Unitl this day, his work connects at-risk Latinx sub-populations (youth, LGBTQ+, women, undocumented, and others) to HIV prevention methods and quality medical care. His passion relies on helping using artistic marketing that authentically speaks to the QTPOC community.