Tallahassee, FL - Big Bend Cares, the local United Way agency providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS education, prevention and support services will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7th in partnership with other HIV/AIDS agencies.
In area 2B of the Florida Department of Health , Big Bend Cares, Leon County Area 2B HIV/AIDS Prevention Team, Bond Community Health Center, MAACA, FAMU Student Health Services, Thagard Student Health Services, along with others, have united to bring about a day of dialog, to address and meet the needs of the communities in which we serve.
Even though great strides have been made in the field of HIV/AIDS, there is still an insurmountable amount of work that needs to be done. In 2010, Big Bend Cares served 903 clients unduplicated, and while Black Americans make up 31% of the population in our service area based on the 2000 Census they constitute 78% of the clients served by Big Bend Cares in 2010. And that’s not all. Racial disparities are even more evident among Big Bend Cares' female clients as black women have been particularly hard hit. In 2010, while black males constituted 73% of the clients served black females came in at a staggering 85%. Just as we here at Big Bend Cares have seen this increasing shift, the other partnering agencies are also able to note a changing increase in their data.
On February 7th, a Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Jake Gaither Community Center from 5:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. addressing HIV/AIDS in Black America, “A One Night Stand; What Will You Stand For.” The goal of this event is to start with the basics of re-educating our communities and to address the stigmas that still plague us 29 years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ignorance is the enemy. Knowledge saves lives.
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