HIV Awareness Day Is Wednesday
February 5, 2007
Across the United States, the 7th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be observed on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
"National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a remarkable effort that was founded in 2001 to increase participation and support for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment among African Americans through a national community mobilization initiative," said Stephen Davis of CDC, who is a member of the NBHAAD National Steering Committee. "We encourage everyone to get involved."
Across the country, celebrities and political figures will serve as spokespersons for the day, which is directed and organized by the Strategic Leadership Council that partners with CDC to mobilize communities and address the issues of HIV among African Americans.
In Miami, the observance of the day began on Friday, Feb. 2 with Sheryl Lee Ralph performing her one-woman play, "Sometimes I Cry," at Florida Memorial College.
Other events include a "Silence Is Death" community march, campaign presentation and town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the NFL YET Center, 7090 NW 22nd Ave. The march begins at the center at 10 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. The presentation, luncheon and town hall meeting are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Caleb Center. For more information, telephone Zaida Castillo or Kwesi Rose at 305-470-6999.
On Feb. 18, a Red Ribbon motorcycle ride starts at Miami Dade College's North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., and ends at El Palacio Hotel, 16805 NW 12th Ave., Miami Gardens. Entry fee is $10 per motorcycle. For more information, telephone Metris Batts at 305-696-0738, ext. 202.
For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, telephone 888-259-9534 or visit www.blackaidsday.org.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.