Newspapers Cover Local National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Events, AIDS Awareness Efforts
February 8, 2005
Monday marked the fifth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which was sponsored by the Community Capacity Building Coalition, a consortium of national minority-focused groups supported by CDC through the National Minority AIDS Initiative. The CCBC includes: Concerned Black Men, the Health Watch Information and Promotion Service, the Jackson State University-Mississippi Urban Research Center, the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. The goal of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to urge African Americans to "get educated, get tested and get involved" with HIV/AIDS activities in their communities. Special events on the day included no-cost HIV testing, prayer breakfasts, town hall meetings and memorial services. Events are being held in cities across the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/7). Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a statement on Monday that while National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is only "part of a critical effort encouraging individuals to get tested, educated and involved in HIV research activities," it is "an opportunity to educate our communities about research progress in the areas of prevention, care and treatment options and the importance of research to find new treatment regimens, microbicides and vaccines" (NIH release, 2/7). Several newspapers around the country have published articles covering events that took place to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Links to some of the articles appear below:
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