The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Monday, December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day 2014:Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation

The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation." The link below will take you to the official government site, which lists activities and events:

The statistics among African American youth remain alarming--here is the CDC Factsheet (from February 2014):

As we voice our concerns about violence committed against our youth at the hands of the state, let us also keep in mind that there is another killer among us--we must work with our young people to "focus, partner, and achieve an AIDS-free generation"--the statistics clearly show the likelihood for youth to contract HIV/AIDS--70% don't even know that they are infected. 

As in the past, I have posted the IMPACT (Intensive Mobilization to Promote AIDS Awareness through Community-based Technologies) Initiative Statistics for Plainfield for the year ending 2013. 

Plainfield remains on the list of the Top Ten Cities with the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases (we are number 9). The IMPACT Initiative is “… a city-by-city community mobilization initiative designed to galvanize and support African American leaders to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in cities with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.” (from the NJDHSS web site).

Further, as you can see from this chart, black women in particular represent 64% of women with HIV/AIDS cases (the fastest rising group): Female NJ Residents at Diagnosis

A couple of years ago, I posted a link to filmmaker Cyrille Phipps's documentary, Seen But Not Heard: AIDS, Sexual Politics, and the Untold War Against Black Women. Here is a link to the trailer for the documentary:

As you go through your day, talk to a young person about getting tested and about protecting herself/himself from HIV/AIDS. 



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