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Its just not another day, World AIDS Day 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

World AIDS Day still matters because:

  • About 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US but about 240,000 don’t know they are infected.
  • And worldwide there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children, according to UNAIDS estimates.
  • AIDS is the #1 killer of black woman 25-44
  • HIV infection rates have risen to nearly 50% among Black gay and bi-sexual men in the United States.
  • 16% of people with HIV were between 13 and 24 years old

The theme for World AIDS Day this year is ” Getting to Zero,” which was developed by the World AIDS Campaign and supported by the United Nations. The “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until 2015 and focuses on the foals of zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Significant process has been achieved in the 30 years we’ve responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Yet, new infections continue to occur annually and only one-third of people in need of treatment are receiving it.

Below is a listing of World AIDS Day observances in your area. Please share the information with your congregation, family members and friends and encourage them to attend and support the communities’ collective response to “Getting to Zero.”

For more information about World AIDS Day, visit: http://www.worldaidsday.org/

For more information about World AIDS Day in NYC, visit: http://manhattan.about.com/od/glbtscene/a/world_aids_day_new_york.htm

To find a HIV Test in your area visit: http://www.greaterthan.org/get-tested/find-a-testing-center-near-you/

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National Black AIDS Awareness Events & Testing Sites

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Events will be happening all month long throughout New York City and around the country!

From the Black AIDS Day website:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7th of every year, is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatmentEducationally, the focus is to get Blacks educated about the basics of HIV/AIDS in their local communities. Testing is at the core of this initiative, as it is hoped that Blacks will mark February 7th of every year as their annual or bi-annual day to get tested for HIV. This is vital for those who are sexually active and those at high risk of contracting HIV. When it comes to community and organization leadership, getting Blacks involved to serve is another key focus. We need Black People from all walks of life, economic classes, literacy levels, shades and tones as well as communities (large and small) to get connected to the work happening on the ground in their local areas. And lastly, for those living with HIV or newly testing positive for the virus, getting them connected to treatment and care services becomes paramount.

Bronx BLHC Adolescent & Young Adult Health Program,
Seeromanie Baboolall,
Social Worker
2737 Third Avenue
Bronx, New York 10451

O: 718-838-1029
F: 718-838-1016
E: sbabpola@bronxleb.org

  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing

Bronx Project Grow/Yeshiva University
Janet Smith,
260 East 16th Street, C Level
Bronx, New York 10451

O: 718-993-3397
F: 718-993-2460
E: jsmith@dosa.aecom.yu.edu

  • Other: Fact-o-mania Breakfast, Information, Games, Testing Referral and Education. Come get armed for the fight of your life.

Bronx Christ Church UCC
Rev. Bruce C. Rivera,
Executive Minister
860 Forest Avenue
Bronx, New York 10456

O: 718-665-6688
F: 718-665-5450

  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing

Bronx Bronx AIDS Service
SoJourner McCauley,

Community Services Coordinator
540 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

  • Other:  We will be hosting a Singles Mixer for 21 & Over entitled “Sex, Milk and Cookies” This event will be a fun filled event with Speed Dating, Raffles and the Dating Game with
  • HIV prevention messages and information throughout the evening.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Bronx Montefiore Medical Center
Frances Rodriguez,

Patient Educator
111 East 210th Street
AIDS Center FCC-3rd Floor Clinic
Bronx, New York 10467

  • Art Competition
  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Webcast

Bronx Soundview Health Care Network
Marzetta Harris,

Board of Director
731 White Plains Road
Bronx, New York 10472

  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing
  • March/Rally
  • Other:  breakfast with the churches.

Brooklyn St. Paul Community Baptist Church Glinnie Noel-Chamble,
Director – Social Justice
859 Hendrix Street
Brooklyn, New York 11207

O: 718-257-1300, x138
F: 718-535-0449

Brooklyn Caribbean Women’s Health Education, Inc.
Ann Marie Coore,
Director of HIV Program
3512 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203

O: 718-940-9501
F: 718-826-2948
E: erooc@yahoo.com
W: http://www.cwha.org

  • Candlelight Vigil
  • HIV Testing
  • Other: HIV Workshop and education on site. condom negotiation skills and condom demonstration

Brooklyn Amethyst Women’s Project
Melisa Garber,

Peer Coordinator
1907 Mermaid Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224

  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing

Brooklyn God’s Deliverance for Purpose Ministry Evangelist Robin Brown,Minister
731 Chauncey Street
Brooklyn, New York 11207

O: 347-394-6696
F: 917-591-5436
E: brownr@dicksteinshapiro.com

  • Community Forum
  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing

Brooklyn Turning Point
Margarita Ramos,
HIV Education Coordinator & Trainer
5220 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11220

O: 718-360-8121
F: 718-360-3965

  • HIV Testing
  • Other: Providing HIV prevention education presentations & FREE HIV Testing & Counseling for high-risk homeless African American youth (16-25) & young adults in 30-day emergency shelter & transitional housing sites in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Additional Information: Will also be in collaborations with other CBOs to commemorate NBHAAD by providing prevention education and FREE HIV Counseling & Testing.

Brooklyn Watchful Eye
Divinah “Dee” Bailey,
20 New York Avenue, Suite 100
Brooklyn, New York 11216

O: 347-533-4300
E: watchfuleyedb@aol.com
W: www.ourwatchfuleye.org

  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing
  • Mayoral Proclamation
  • Newspaper Article
  • Press Conference
  • Radio Broadcast
  • TV/Cable Programming
  • Other: Mural signing and red ribbon banner unveiling.
  • Additional Information: This event will be in collaboration with the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn La Nueva Esperanza, Inc.
Rico Nieves,
MSA Program Coordinator
213 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206

O: 718-497-7592
F: 718-497-7596
E: rnieves@lnebk.com

  • HIV Testing
  • Newspaper Article
  • Public Service Announcement

Brooklyn Brooklyn Community Pride Center Alicia or Danielle,
Social Work Intern
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

O: 718-802-3890 
E: dmooney@lgbtbrooklyn.org
W: lgbtbrooklyn.org

  • HIV Testing
  • Other: Guest Speakers

Brooklyn The Community Help Center, Inc.
Erlene King,
5221 Avenue D
Brooklyn, New York 11203

O: 347-298-6393
F: 347-382-7265
E: king_erlene@hotmail.com

  • Community Forum

Brooklyn Top Development Corporation
Ujima AIDS Project
1274 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203

  • HIV Testing
  • HIV Testing done by BATF.

Buffalo The MOCHA Center
Stephaun Wallace,

Interim Executive Director/Director of Programs
1092 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209

  • Art Competition
  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing
  • Newspaper Article
  • Press Conference
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Radio Broadcast
  • Other:  Performing and visual arts event Monday, February 7, 2011 Program begins at 2-5 pm Cocktail hour from 5-7pm (Cash Bar)

Farrockaway Redemption Outreach International
Rev Ambrose Chalokwu,
14-25 Central Avenue, Suite 4
Farrockaway, New York 11691

O: 347-654-5062
F: 718-868-8321
E:redemptionoutreachintl@yahoo.comW: redemptionoutreach.org

  • Community Forum
  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing
  • Newspaper Article
  • Press Conference
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Radio Broadcast
  • Other: Distribution of Educational and preventive materials as strategic locations from Wednesday  Feb. 9 to Friday Feb 11.
  • We will have essay/poetry competition for the youth on HIV/AIDS topics.

Ithaca Ithaca College LGBT Center
L Maurer,
LGBT Center
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, New York 14850

O: 607-274-7394 
E: lmaurer@ithaca.edu
W: www.ithaca.edu/lgbt

  • Community Health Fair
  • Newspaper Article
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Radio Broadcast

Manhattan Harlem Flava
Dolina Duzant,

620 Lenox Avenue 1E
Manhattan, New York N10037

  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Other:  Handing out condoms Male and Female, Street Outreach and education.

Manhattan Latino CommissionAIDS
Ileana Morales,

Program Director
24 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
Manhattan, New York 10010

  • HIV Testing
  • Other:  We will be offering HIV testing all day at our site until 7:00pm. We will also be at St. Paul’s Church at 263 West 86th street providing HIV testing.

New York AIDS Service Center
Jean Pierre Louis,
Program Manager
41 E 11th St 5th Floor
New York, New York 10003

O: 212-645-0875
F: 212-645-0705
E: Jean@ascnyc.org

  • HIV Testing
  • Other: CBO Event

New York Exponents
Donald R. Powell,
Director of Development
151 West 26th Street,
Third Floor
New York, New York 10001-6810

O: 212-243-3434, ext. 145
F: 212-243-3586
E: dpowell@exponents.org
W: www.exponents.org

  • Community Forum
  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing
  • Other: Displaying of AIDS Quilt

New York National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day Theatre Initiative
Yvette Heyliger,
Producing Artist Twinbiz
Post Office Box 1803
New York, New York 10026

O: 212-864-1611
F: 212-864-6845
E: twinbiznyc@aol.com
W: www.twinbiz.com

  • Other: National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day Theatre Initiative is an annual event taking place on February 7th featuring readings and productions of plays about HIV & AIDS with the purpose of using theatre to fight the  relentless and ongoing infection rate in our communities!
  • Other: This is a brand new theatre initiative inspired by a mentor of mine who expressed his wish to me that Black theatre do more to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities.  We are kicking off the initiative this year with a reading of my award winning play, “What Would Jesus Do?” in Los Angeles.  We hope to gain support for National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day Theatre Initiative with more play readings and productions registered next year.

New York SisterLink
Maryam Hmudeen,
Program Associate
127 West 127th St. 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10027

O: 212-665-2600, x307
F: 212-531-2160
E: maryamsisterlink2@yahoo.com

  • Other: HIV testing location resource and information.

New York Metro Health & Wellness Center Yvonne Hartnett,
Program Coordinator
45 East 126th Street
1975 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10035

O: 646-682-9476 or 212-289-6157
F: 212-289-6823
E: evehart55@hotmail.com

  • HIV Testing
  • Other: February 6, 2011, Our service will be dedicated to those living with or affected by this disease.
  • Additional Information:  We will do testing after church service.

New York Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children & Family Services
Yolanda Colon,
Program Support Aide
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd Specialized Services,
3rd Floor
New York, New York 10027

O: 212-749-3656, ext 3105
F: 212-749-0614
E: ycolon@harlemdowling.org
W: www.harlemdowling.org

  • Community Health Fair
  • HIV Testing

New York Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center Monique Wright,
Prevention Services Coordinator
25 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002

O: 212-226-6333
F: 212-343-8005
E: monique@leshrc.org
W: www.leshrc.org

  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing
  • Other: We run various support groups for people who are HIV+. We are planning on having an ad hoc group “Supporting people with HIV!”

New York Can’t Be Silenced
Maria Davis,
121 W. 115th Street # 505
New York, New York 10026

O: 212-866-1562
F: 212-866-1562
E: davismaria@msn.com

  • HIV Testing
  • Other: New Artist Showcase & Talent Competition

New York First Corinthian Baptist Church
Maria Davis, Co-Convener
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, New York 10026

O: 212-864-5975
F: 212-864-0830
E: healed@fcbc.org

  • HIV Testing
  • TV/Cable Programming
  • Other: Mad Wednesday’s New Artist Showcase & Talent Competition @”SHRINE”
  • World Music Venue in Harlem

New York Claremont Family Health Center Dorothy Johnson,
Medical Case Manager
262-4 E 174th St Bronx,
New York, New York 10457

O: 718-299-6910
F: 718-299-4366
E: djohnson@promesa.org

  • Other: Seminar and individual sessions providing information

New York Black Men’s Initiative at Harlem United
Raynal Jabouin, Jr.,

Program Director
290 Lenox Avenue
Lower Level
New York, New York 10027

212-289-2378, x206
  • HIV Testing

New York William F Ryan Community Health Center
Cinthia M. Tejada,

Supervising Health Educator
110 W 97th Street
New York, New York 10025

  • Community Forum
  • HIV Testing

New York New York Presbyterian Hospital- Comprehensive HIV Program
Kareen B. Jimenez,

Patient Education
180 Fort Washington Avenue
6th Floor
New York, New York 10032

  • HIV Testing

Hot Summer Sex, Hook Ups and Protecting Yourself Is Easy!!!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The summer is almost over and it’s been a hot one. Heat and sex seem to go hand in hand especially when it comes to causal sex. It’s easy to hookup with someone after an informal dinner, while at the club or at a friend’s BBQ. But, if you’re not careful, hooking up can be dangerous! Those who are hooking up or just having causal sex are more than likely sharing or overlapping sexual partners. In the article by Linda Villarosa, The Dark Side of Hookups, “Friends With Benefits” and F— Buddies, “These partnerships can speed the spread of sexually transmitted diseases,” Dr. Paik says. “With sequential partnerships, the disease has to wait before it can spread. Between relationships, for example, a bacterial infection can be treated. With overlapping relationships, the disease doesn’t have to wait.” When you are hooking up with several different partners and not practicing safe sex, you have a greater chance of becoming infected. It’s not always easy to remember to use a condom while in the heat of the moment.  Therefore, being prepared is crucial to protecting your sexual health. Carrying condoms, is not cocky, it’s smart! It’s better to have a condom and not use it if you don’t need it, then to be caught without one when you really need it. No longer can we make assumptions about a person’s status by just eyeballing them. The tell tale signs of someone being positive rarely exist now. You won’t know just by looking at someone or assuming that because he or she is cute then they couldn’t be infected.

One good way to protect yourself, is to always use a condom when having sex. A percentage of people who become infected usually got it by another person who didn’t know they were infected. Condom use can be one of the best ways to protect yourself. Knowing your own status is also important in not only protecting yourself, but protecting your sexual partner. As noted in the article, in regards to the high infection rates in D.C., “Nearly 50 percent of people surveyed in its hardest-hit areas reported having overlapping sexual partners in the last 12 months. Most were not aware of either their own HIV status or that of their partner, and the vast majority said that they did not use a condom the last time they had sex with their main partner, even though they were aware that the relationship might not be monogamous. This deadly mix explains why a Black woman, for example, who doesn’t “sleep around” might contract HIV, while someone else engaged in frequent episodes of unprotected sex might not become infected.” Taking a HIV test is now considered one of the best prevention methods against becoming infected. Assuming that one test positive then they can get treatment and learn how to care for themselves as well as prevent infecting someone else by not spreading the virus from one person to another. And, if they test negative, then they learn to stay negative through preventive measures and condom use.

Practicing safe sex is easier said than done. It’s no easier than staying off salt, not drinking too much or watching your weight when all your favorite foods are available. These are all things that we struggle with, but not taking the proper precautions can be dangerous and in some cases deadly. Its takes practice, a concerted effort and a commitment to be healthy, the same goes for your sexual health when you practice safe sex. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth, cleaning your house or watching your weight. Keep a condom on you for those special unexpected encounters. If you are having casual sex, make sure your sexual partner(s) gets tested. Get tested with them, if it will make them feel more comfortable and less stigmatized. If they are not willing to get tested or provide information on their status, they might not be the person you wanna have sex with. Its is also important for you to be tested and provide information on your own status. To find an HIV testing location in your area, visit www.hivtest.org.

Whether it’s a holiday weekend, a hot Summer night or a beautiful Fall evening, always be prepared. High and low risk sex is all the same when it comes to HIV and STDs. Every time you have unprotected sex, you are at risk of getting infected.  It only takes one careless moment to change your life. Wrap it up and be safe.

Dr. King, Coretta Scott King and the continued fight for justice

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Monday, Jan. 18th marked the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15th) and a national day of service. Many of you have heeded President Obama’s call to service without reservation.

As we celebrate, honor and reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, The Black AIDS Institute asks, What Would Martin Do? In an article written by Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, he states “Dr. King would be leading a movement against the war and for creating jobs, passing meaningful health-care legislation, educating our young and protecting our environment. And yes, just as he stood up for the sanitation workers, Dr. King would be passionate about HIV/AIDS. There is no question that ending the AIDS epidemic would be at the top of his agenda. And because it would be at the top of his agenda, it would be at the top of our agenda.”

Phill Wilson believes, as well as I, that Dr. King would have been a significant leader in the struggle to end AIDS.  And though, Dr. King was not able to contribute to this movement, his wife was a strong advocate of the AIDS community.

In a speech she gave at the Metropolitan Community Foundation’s Circles Of Hope Dinner in 2002, she says “As my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, we are all “tied in a single garment of destiny,” … “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of all reality.”

Later, she states, “To eradicate AIDS, we must give our medical researchers and scientists all of the support they need to find the cure. But we must first and foremost cure our own hearts of the fear and ignorance that leads to ostracism of people with HIV and AIDS.”

Mrs. King was a vocal opponent against injustice. She was heard speaking out against capital punishment and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  She also supported lesbian and gay rights and as demonstrated above, an ardent supporter of HIV and AIDS education and prevention. 

We are still struggling with many of the issues that Mrs. and Dr. King attempted to address. And we must continue to defend and protect human rights, especially as it relates to the fight for decent housing, equal job opportunities, education and healthcare. We, as a community of world citizens, must also fight against homelessness, poverty, hunger and the spread of AIDS.

His legacy as well as Mrs. King will live on with our continued effort to fight against injustice and stand for the rights of all!

AIDS, funding and the lost of public trust

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In every major urban city, rural community and suburban town AIDS has a home. It doesn’t matter whether you are straight or gay, white, black, red, yellow or brown, AIDS is right around the corner. For folks who have the highest infection and death rates, primarily Black, Latino and/or gay, your care plays a significant role in your day-to-day life. The services you receive are vital to your survival. In DC as well as New York, a number of agencies and nonprofits have been caught squandering the resources used for housing, food, healthcare and other services needed in at-risk communities.

The organizations who have received hundreds of thousands dollars, even millions have victimized the very people they are suppose to serve. Misappropriation of funds, services promised but not provided, supervisors and specific staff helping themselves out to cash bonuses, gifts and trips while clients and patients lose out of access to services and/or necessary AIDS awareness and prevention information. And when the accused is caught, fingers point to everyone but themselves. Where are the checks and balances in government funding???? Hundreds of organizations have already suffered through funding loss during 8 years of the Bush administration and then more cuts due to the recession. Abusing an ill equipped system only further justifies the lack of trust and confirms the lack of accountability.

This is not to say that all AIDS organizations much less all non-profits misuse their funding. Many organizations are providing incredible services to individuals, groups and families around the country.  What hurts their good work is the selfish acts of a few who threaten the funding opportunities of other groups and the credibility of service based organizations. If any good can come out of this is the creation of a National AIDS Action Plan that has the input of several organizations, agencies, advocates, PWA’s (people living with AIDS), PWLHIV (people living with HIV), healthcare professionals and policy makers to develop a plan that recommends but not necessarily oversees funding, programming  and policy. A plan that can look at the overall system of AIDS services throughout the country, reduce redunancy in key areas, duplicate successful programs, track progress and eliminate or at least reduce waste. A plan that can look a the success and failures of prevention, awareness and care systems around the world and partner with other countries that have similar trends but with better outcomes. We have the resources, technology and research to do a better job. So, hopefully in 5 to 10 years, a HIV+ woman won’t die alone in a park only a few blocks from the HIV/AIDS administration or from resources that could have provided the help she not only needed but deserved.

Is AIDS A Black Disease???

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

“AIDS in America today is a black disease,” says Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) and himself HIV-positive for 20 years.”  This statement came after BAI released the report, “Left Behind! Black America: A Neglected Priority in the Global AIDS Epidemic”. During the 2008 International AIDS Conference in Mexico, he also stated in a press conference, “The U.S. is failing its people and that is a direct attack on Black America.” “This failure to respond is particularly acute in the epidemic in Black America.”

Is it true AIDS is a Black disease? If  so, why isn’t there a national call to action among all the AIDS organizations that serve people of color and the African American community? Why has the Black community fail to respond with the same passion and anger the gay community demonstrated over twenty years ago?

Does stating AIDS as a Black disease increase the stigma, fear and ignorance around this epidemic? Does this labeling do more to hurt our efforts to end AIDS in the Black community? In a posting responding to CNN’s Black in America program last summer, the author writes, “I admire what they are attempting to accomplish, but labeling AIDS as a “Black disease” is WRONG and short-sighted. Your temporary headlines on CNN and a possible up tick in funding are nothing compared to the damage that will likely follow if people are able to write off AIDS as a problem for “that other group of people” I thought we already fought this battle. Anybody can contract this disease.”

Where do we go from here? Both arguments are right and both are wrong.  One thing that we can agree is that the infection rates as well as the death rates are extremely high in the Black community, especially among Black women and Black MSM (men who have sex with men). The statistics certainly don’t lie despite what some naysayers want to believe. AIDS, as well as many others diseases are having a devastating effect among African Americans. How these diseases affect our community has as much to do with health as the psychological, social, economical and political climate we live in.  We need to examine the role we have as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives and partners, how that role plays out in our relationships and in our sexual practices.

I don’t claim to have the answers but I certainly want to extend the dialogue about AIDS in our community. I want to see individuals, AIDS organizations (local and national), community based non-profits as well as funders come together to address this issue. I want us as a community to start caring for each other the way we are suppose to. I want that caring to show up in the way we take a friend to get an HIV test, the way we practice safe sex and the way we  talk to a love one if we know they are involved in reckless behavior.  Be proactive!

Remember, the life you save might not only be someone you love, it might be yours!

Phill Wilson, The Black AIDS Institute

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Listen to Phill Wilson from the Black AIDS Institute talk about AIDS in Black America and visit the Black AIDS Institute website. They have some great articles about HIV/AIDS in the Black community and how we should address it.



Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

“African Americans, in particular, are more likely to be killed or to die of HIV than others are”


The fight against healthcare in this country is not about health or people. Its all about fear, power and money (greed). This has brought down almost every major industry in the US in the last 50 yrs. The healthcare industry is no different than any other corporation that has used greed as means to an end. We have to stop allowing the minority opposition, the lobbyist and political interests control this argument!

This is a MUST read! We must ban together and fight for Health Care Reform Now!!! Our communities are most affected and we remain silent!

Please read this article.