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Thoughts on Black AIDS Day

Each year for National Black AIDS Day, we remember those who lost their battle with one of the worst diseases of our time.

World AIDS Day: “The Significant Impact of HIV/AIDS on Young, Black Americans”

HIV continues to be a relentless burden to the African American community. On this 24th annual World AIDS Day, the NAACP Health Department reaffirms the disproportionate effect of HIV/AIDS on Black Americans

Health Disparities in Our Community

At the National Convention in Houston this week, a main topic of discussion in the health symposiums will be the ever-pressing issue of HIV/AIDS within the African-American community.

The First Step as an Instrument of Change:“Take the Test, Take Control”

Today, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) across the U.S. where we promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis. More than half of American adults still have never been tested for HIV, yet testing remains the only way to know whether you or a loved one are infected. Read as Rev. Sadler highlights the first step as an Instrument of Change

Shavon Arline-Bradley Talks Health with The Loop 21

"It was a no-brainer for me to be involved in a 100-year-old organization that had never lost its brand name."

The Responsibility of Our Greatness

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

The Lives of Young Black Gay Men Matter

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

Prevent Insanity and Stop Being Stupid – Change What You Do

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.

Forgotten Epidemic Symposium Reflection

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

What Would Jesus Say to This

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.”

Never Forget

On this 23rd annual World AIDS Day, the real question is have you forgotten about HIV?

How the NAACP Family is “Getting to Zero”

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.

An “African” American’s perspective on World AIDS Day

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.

USA Today Column: Time to Redouble AIDS Fight in Black Community

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.

Stop Making Matters Worse:  How Criminalization Perpetuates HIV Transmission

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.

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