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National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. - www.nblca.org

NBLCA to Host “State of HIV in Black America” Forums to Highlight the Ongoing HIV/AIDS Public Health Crisis Impacting African Americans

February 4, 2015 - In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7), an annual initiative designed to promote HIV/AIDS prevention education and testing among African Americans, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) will host the first in a series of national forums, “State of HIV in Black America,” on February 6. The forums will focus public attention on the ongoing HIV/AIDS health crisis disproportionately affecting black communities.

The series of 90-minute forums will launch at New York City's historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Additional forums will follow in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Tampa, FL and Detroit, MI during February and March. NBLCA will convene expert panelists in public health, policy development, and community advocacy in each city to spur the development of a national action plan to address the black community's urgent HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing, and care needs. Invited audience members will include elected officials, key policy makers, direct service providers, health practitioners, faith leaders, funders, and community activists.

African Americans account for almost half (44%) of all new HIV infections in the United States. Approximately one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, as well as one in 32 black women. NBLCA is committed to the task of promoting healthy communities. Information regarding the events in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be published to our website.

We need your help reach communities of color and to decrease the risk of new diagnoses and combating this potentially life threatening disease. You too can make a difference by promoting health in the black community! Here's how – to register for the STATE OF HIV IN BLACK AMERICA click here .

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Source: National Black Leadership Commission On AIDS, Inc

National Black Leadership Commission On HIV/AIDS
The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.'s (NBLCA) mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower Black leaders, including clergy, elected officials, medical practitioners, business professionals, social policy experts, and the media, to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. The NBLCA, founded in November 1987, is the oldest and largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in the United States. The NBLCA conducts policy, research and advocacy on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities to ensure effective participation of our leadership in all policy and resource allocation decisions impacting communities of African descent nationwide. The NBLCA has established affiliates in cities where African-American communities are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including New York City, Nassau County (LI, NY), Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. www.nblca.org


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