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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Sparks Dialogue Among African Americans in Tucson

Tucson, AZ – January 25, 2013 – February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and National Community Health Partners are collaborating to bring public awareness in Tucson. This year’s theme is “Our ancestors fought that we might be free – EVEN FROM HIV!”

The NBHAAD event will be held on February 7 at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center located at 2160 N. 6th Avenue from 5pm – 8pm. The movie ENDING SILENCE, SHAME & STIGMA: HIV/AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY will be featured followed by a panel discussion. Free and confidential HIV and Hep C testing will be offered. This event will be catered by the local eatery Eegees and is free and open to the public.

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported and almost half of the persons living with HIV in the U.S. are Black, even though they represent just 14 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials note that knowing one's HIV status, prevention education, avoiding or delaying sexual activity, decreasing the number of sexual partners, safer sex practices and getting into treatment if infected remain the most effective means of efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

This is the second year Matthew Kearney, SAAF, has organized events to bring HIV/AIDS awareness to the African American community in Tucson. “Ignorance is more contagious than the disease” said Kearney. “My primary goal is to educate the entire Tucson community about HIV prevention and care.”

About National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative that targets Black communities, both domestically and internationally. The initiative was founded in 2000 by five national organizations funded by t he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999 to provide capacity building assistance to Black communities and organizations.

To learn more about this event, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/462289803819681/ or contact:

Matthew B. Kearney, Health Education Specialist
South Arizona AIDS Foundation
375 South Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
520/628-7223
www.saaf.org

or

Ann Verdine, High Impact Prevention
National Community Health Partners
529 W. Wetmore Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-795-9756
www.nchponline.org

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