How the NAACP Family is “Getting to Zero”
Posted on December 02, 2011 by Curtis Johnson, Online & Social Media Specialist
This year - in the 30th year since the first discovery of the HIV/AIDS virus - the NAACP has fought harder than ever to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all. From the "30 at 30" series of blogs aimed at discussing HIV/AIDS and its effect on people of color, to the NAACP's "Forgotten Epidemic" Summit in November, the organization has led the charge nationwide to increase awareness and prevent new cases of the virus.
On World AIDS Day, December 1, we asked our mobile subscribers across the country how they NAACP members can join HIV/AIDS advocates to help us "get to zero" - zero new cases of HIV/AIDS. Here are a few of the responses:
- Take away the stigma that the word AIDS has. (Maryland)
- Educate, educate, educate...the more we know about AIDS, the more likely we will be able to take methods to prevent it! (Florida)
- Know my status and encourage others to know theirs too! Also promote the use of condoms... (Kentucky)
- Abstinence outside of marrige may not be popular but it works! (Wisconsin)
- More TV commercials and other advertisements that target the youth and show the extreme importance of having safe sex and how to prevent AIDS and other STDs. (Georgia)
- Petition for mandatory sexual education and AIDS awareness courses in schools, starting with elementary youth. (Ohio)
Many thanks to all who submitted! To join the NAACP's mobile list, text JOIN to '62227' (NAACP).