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TruEvolution - www.truevolution.org

TruEvolution to Host AIDS Advocacy Night at UCR

Organization working to educate Riverside community on truth about HIV and AIDS in America

April 20, 2015 - Let’s face it — most people think of AIDS as a problem only developing countries, specifically Sub-Saharan African countries, face. But, there are approximately 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, living with HIV — and in Riverside County there are nearly 5,000 people living with the virus. In order to better educate our community on the infectious and sometimes deadly virus, TruEvolution is inviting everyone to this year’s AIDS Advocacy Night. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 6–9:30 p.m. at the UCR Highlander Union Building Outdoor Area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. If you break-down the statistics by looking at race and ethnicity — the CDC reports that African Americans are the most affected by HIV. In 2010, African Americans only made up 12% of the U.S. population, but made up 44% of all new HIV infections. Also, according to the CDC, Latinos are strongly affected — they make up 17% of the nation’s population, but make up 21% of new HIV infections.

Given those statistics, the AIDS Advocacy night is a chance to do something about it, said CEO and Executive Director of TruEvolution, Gabe Maldonado. “Come out and take part in combatting the epidemic in Riverside County by becoming aware of the facts, connecting with community resources, and knowing your status by getting tested,” he said.

TruEvolution, the organization hosting the event, is dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice, and advocating for the prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS in America. Folks planning the event will be using arts and performance like spoken word, theatrical skits, and dance performance as a tool to promote prevention and wellness.

Everyone is invited to attend the event – you can also participate in a chance to win cash prizes, and iPad, and other tablets by:

  • Registering for the event, showing up and checking in
  • Getting tested
  • “Liking” the TruEvolution Facebook page: Facebook.com/TruEvolution
  • Sharing the movement: upload a picture from the event to Twitter (@truevolutioninc) and Facebook with #AAN2015 or #LIVEACTIVISM

Vendors can still register for a free 10×10 pop-up booth, and volunteers are still welcome to register.

For more information on the event, or how you can participate, visit: http://www.truevolution.org/

To register for the event, visit:  AIDSAdvocacyNight2015.eventbrite.com

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Tel: (909) 742-2627
E-mail: Rmanjarrez@truevolution.org

Mojgan Sherkat
Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: mojgan.sherkat@ucr.edu

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