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3 comments | Wednesday, July 19, 2006

For the first time since the AIDS epedemic has claimed countless lives of African-Americans across America, black leaders have shifted their focus and made HIV/AIDS a priority.

Over the weekend the NAACP kicked off their 97th Annual conference in D.C.and President Bruce Gordon along with chairman Julian Bond addressed AIDS as a black disease that required our immediate attention.

Mr. Gordon called for everyone attending to get tested, and even lead by example when he walked to a testing site to receive an OraSure HIV Test.

Sheryl Lee Ralph was also on hand to perform her powerful one -woman show,"Sometimes I Cry: The Loves, Lives and Losses of Women Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDS.

Phil Wilson, director of The Black Aids Institute in Los Angeles said,"It is such a big deal to have high-profile people acknowledging the disease and being tested, it tells our community that we are embracing the epidemic, that we have gotten over the stigma. That is crucial."

"The universal church has been a destructive force on HIV, saying that AIDS is a sin, a punishment from God," said Pernessa Seale, executive director of Balm in Gilead, a New York-based nonprofit that works to get churches to provide AIDS education and support. "It is 25 years later, and we are still fighting that myth, that lie.


of the U.S. population

of new HIV diagnoses

of AIDS deaths

of new teen AIDS cases

of news AIDS cases among women

Source:San Francisco Chronicle/Leslie Fullbright


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Man, thanks for this post. No one wants to touch this subject. I don't know why it is still taboo. No, that is not true. I do know. You touched upon it in your post. The church and stigma that goes along with HIV/AIDS. My heart hurts when I think about all of the people who have it because they did not ask questions and protect themselves. My heart hurts for all of those living with it and who are not able to talk to others about it. That part of it has to be the worse part of the disease... the isolation that it causes in so many. What are we going to do Darian?

July 19, 2006 7:45 PM

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July 21, 2006 8:36 AM


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