DATE: Tuesday, February 7
MARCH BEGINS: 4:30pm, Black Coalition on AIDS
2800 Third Street, San Francisco
VIGIL & PROGRAM: 6:00pm, Bayview Opera House
4705 Third Street, San Francisco
Black Brothers Esteem, a prevention and support program of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is proud to join a coalition of organizations to sponsor a march and candlelight vigil to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7th. The march begins at the Black Coalition on AIDS, and ends with the vigil and special program at the Bayview Opera House.
“After 30 years of HIV/AIDS, African Americans still face tremendous health disparities and are still disproportionately impacted by the disease,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “February 7th is an important reminder that our work is not over, and it is essential that we continue to fight stigma and marginalization in order to reduce new HIV infections and improve access to life-saving care.”
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day was created in 1999 to mobilize communities across the country to promote testing and treatment among African-Americans. Organizers urge people to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treatment.
African Americans comprise 14% of the population in the United States, yet account for 44% of all new HIV infections. Young black gay and bisexual men are especially at risk for HIV infection. According to the latest statistics from the federal government, the estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
This special community event is sponsored by African-American Health Disparities Project, Black Brothers Esteem, Black Coalition on AIDS, Center for Research for Gender and Sexuality, HIV Prevention and HIV Research Sections of Department of Public Health, Our Love/Stop AIDS Project, Rising Blackness, Shanti, STD Prevention and Control, Tenderloin Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.