Local and Community News
Atlanta: Event to Focus on HIV Testing
February 3, 2003
February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In Atlanta, National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities and other community organizations are gearing up to spread the message that HIV is preventable. "Get Educated! Get Tested! Get Involved!" is the theme for the citywide event, at which 200 people were tested last year. Testing this year will be held on February 6 and 7 at NAESM (telephone: 404-753-3550) and Our Common Welfare (telephone: 404-296-3090).
Rudy Carn, Mae Reed and the late Edna Brown started NAESM in 1990 with the goal of educating people about HIV/AIDS. Their efforts began with visits to local gay establishments to give out condoms and educational materials. But the group found that its targeted population had various needs relating to mental health, substance abuse, employment training, and housing. NAESM opened a transitional house in 1994 with Department of Housing and Urban Development funds. The group also works to ensure that HIV-positive individuals receive proper health care and social services.
"We are trying to get men to change their behavior and take responsibility for their behavior and life," Carn said. AIDS-related diseases are the leading cause of death among African-American men and women ages 20-44.
01.30.03; Rori Francis Blakeney
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.