He’s dead! “Uncle Martin is dead” was all I was told, a mere 14 year old Nigerian American girl, in the car with my mother, shocking waves pierced my heart over and over trying to understand how my 43 year old uncle could be dead. “She is dead” was the same verdict I received one year later from my mother that my aunt had passed away, leaving behind 7 children. My mind was confused as I tried to understand the depths of this conversation that my mother was trying to have, but AIDS was all she said. A.I.D.S. -- a four letter word that had the power to wipe out an entire continent.
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Dimmed lights, an open bar and sophisticated seating areas with sheer drapes surround me as I stand on a dance floor in an elite night club. I am here to be honored for my work in HIV. Before me stand a host of beautiful young black people, gathered to acknowledge World AIDS Day and the impact of HIV in our community
When new [HIV] infections in young Black gay men increase by nearly 50 percent in 3 years we need to do more to show them that their lives matter." -President Barack Obama, December 1, 2011
I have been a part of the fight to end AIDS for over 27 years, and in the words of the NAACP, “Much has changed, much has not!” Our people still act as if the AIDS epidemic belongs to someone else.
Being a firm believer in the Adinkra concept of Sankofa, I believe it is absolutely necessary to get the support, encouragement and guidance that come with working alongside those who are more experienced, as well as paying homage to those who paved the way so that we can have a present day platform on which to stand
Two years ago, I got a call from a ministry colleague in North Carolina: “Man my mom has HIV. The doctors say she’s had it for 15 years unbeknownst to her.”
On this 23rd annual World AIDS Day, the real question is have you forgotten about HIV?
Yesterday on World AIDS Day, we asked our mobile subscribers how they were helping us "get to zero" - zero new cases of HIV/AIDS. Here are some of the responses.
On this World AIDS Day, as the world focuses its attention on the epidemic around the globe, we cannot forget there is an HIV crisis raging right here in our own backyards.
Over the last 40 years, largely as a result of the war on drugs, our nation has increased its prison population nearly 400% and a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are black men. Today, approximately 2.3 million children have an incarcerated parent and 500,000 black fathers are incarcerated. Over-incarceration in the United States plays a significant role in eroding the black family structure and communities are paying the price. What has not been highlighted as much however is that over-incarceration perpetuates HIV transmission in poor communities of color- a lesson I learned many years ago.
A.C.T. is an acronym for Advocacy, Community Mobilization & Education, and Training. It is a call to action, from NAACP’s health department, for members to galvanize around health issues and act to change the outcome.
Forward Promise - a new initiative from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) - seeks to find the best ideas to help young men of color succeed in life, school and work.
The Church is at a crossroads. If we choose the road of the status quo we will continue to die in silence and shame. If we plant our feet on higher ground and start to truly believe that we are called to do even greater works, we can see a dramatic shift in the rates of transmission of HIV in our lifetime. When we take the call seriously to teach, minister, preach, and heal, our community will be saved.
Greater Than AIDS, in partnership with GYT: Get Yourself Tested and AIDSVu, hosted a booth at the 102nd NAACP Annual Convention in Los Angeles July 23-28. Convention attendees shared their "Deciding Moments" at the Greater Than AIDS Photobooth and got tested for HIV and other STDs at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation booth nearby.