February 6, 2004
In a statement recognizing the day, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that although more minorities participate in AIDS-related clinical trials today than during the beginning of the epidemic, "we need to increase our enrollment of individuals from minority groups in clinical trials." In both prevention and treatment trials, minorities represent just over 30% of all participants. However, more than 65% of all new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States occur among minorities, according to Fauci. "To put it simply, if we are to end the HIV pandemic in African Americans, African Americans must continue to be part of the solution, as clinicians, prevention providers, treatment advocates, researchers and as HIV therapeutic and preventive vaccine clinical trial volunteers." Fauci added, "To those who already are involved in the struggle to end the AIDS pandemic: Be proud of yourselves, and share information about what you are doing with others. Strong role models are an important source for education and hope" (NIAID release, 2/5).
Rowing for AIDS Awareness
Victor Mooney, a communications officer at the College of Advanced Technology in Brooklyn, N.Y., plans next year to row across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports. Mooney, who has rowed the waters around New York for years, said that after losing loved ones to AIDS, he is looking to raise awareness and money for the fight against the disease. "I believe AIDS is 100% preventable, and anything we can do to get that message out will help," he said. Mooney is scheduled to begin his journey on Feb. 5, 2005, at Goree Island off of the coast of Senegal and travel 8,000 miles to Brazil, then through the Caribbean and along the eastern coast of the United States to New York City. Mooney chose the route to pay homage to African slaves who were forced to make the journey to the Americas, the AP/Newsday reports. The trip to Senegal is expected to take two to three months, and the remainder of the trip will likely take five more months. Mooney estimates that the trip will cost $200,000, with all money raised above the cost to be donated to charities around the world, according to AP/Newsday (Pitman, AP/Long Island Newsday, 2/6).
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