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Raising Awareness about the Continued Impact of HIV/AIDS in the
Ravinia Hayes-Cozier, NMAC’s Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, who introduces the video, says “This year’s World AIDS Day theme, 'Universal Access and Human Rights', is particularly timely in light of the nationwide conversation taking place around the formation of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the future of health care overall.
“Unfortunately, many people, including the media, the public and even some government officials, both here and abroad, think of AIDS as a disease occurring elsewhere that no longer impacts the
HIV/AIDS has disproportionately impacted undeserved and marginalized populations in the
“Since its inception in 1988 by the World Health Organization, World AIDS Day has given us an opportunity to remember the more than 25 million people lost to global AIDS pandemic since it began nearly three decades ago,” says Paul A. Kawata, NMAC’s Executive Director. “More than a million of these deaths have occurred here in the
"It is unacceptable that HIV/AIDS remains unchecked in communities of color, and that AIDS is the number one killer of women worldwide between the ages of 15 and 44. Honoring their memory demands that we commit ourselves to mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on future generations. That means having difficult discussions about everything around AIDS – from the need to support HIV vaccine and microbicide research, to how homophobia, sexism and racism help spread HIV.”
To that end, NMAC launched the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) HIV/AIDS Peer Education Initiative, which will train HBCU students on how to get involved and educate one another about HIV/AIDS, at the September 25th “An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception” (EWP) held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference. Many of the interviews featured in the special video report on NMAC.org were shot during the EWP. Featured speakers include:
“The HBCU HIV/AIDS Peer Education Initiative will train a new generation of leaders in our communities who can discuss the epidemic in the
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