Georgia: SisterLove Marks 20 Years
July 28, 2009
SisterLove, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focusing on HIV/AIDS and reproductive issues for women, particularly women of color, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday with a special program at Spelman College.
SisterLove seeks to educate women about HIV/AIDS prevention and fight disease-related stigma and discrimination. The group's founder, Dazon Diallo, said actor Rock Hudson's disclosure in 1985 that he had AIDS encouraged her to get involved with HIV/AIDS-related work.
At that time, Diallo worked at a feminist health center in Atlanta, while volunteering for AID Atlanta, now one of Georgia's largest and oldest AIDS service organizations. AID Atlanta was beginning to receive more calls from women, and the organization "wanted to know what their response should be," she said. When the women's center cut their AIDS program, Diallo and several other women formed SisterLove.
Today, women represent about 25 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in Georgia, and 84 percent of these female cases are black, Diallo said.
07.25.2009; Shelia M. Poole
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.