Mayor Gray Issues Proclamation as Part of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; Washington D.C. Department of Health Officials on Hand to Lend Support for Program
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 27, 2011 - Frank Oldham Jr., President and CEO of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), today
announced participation in a program that will use real-world social networks of those already diagnosed as HIV positive to identify others
who are likely to be infected.
Currently, over 10,000 District residents are HIV positive but don't know it. These individuals are responsible for causing over
70 percent of all new infections.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and city officials from the Department of Health were on hand to show support for the new program and
to offer remarks on the need to educate and test all District residents. The announcement came as part the fourth annual National Gay
Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAD) at a news conference that also included remarks from Dr. Mohammed Akhter, Director of the
D.C. Department of Health and Dr. Gregory Pappas, Senior Deputy Director of the Department's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB
The citywide campaign is designed to build off the successes in San Francisco and New York of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention program "Prevention with Positives."
"Clearly more efforts are needed to help educate our citizens of the need for regular HIV testing," said Frank Oldham Jr.,
CEO of NAPWA. "This program will target and intercept those who need immediate help and protect the health and safety of those around
Through the program, participating testing sites in the District are incentivized to work with those patients who test positive
to identify anyone at high risk for HIV based on proven risk criterion.
The National Association of People with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) Founded
in 1983 as the largest and oldest advocacy group for people living with HIV/AIDS, NAPWA is the trusted independent voice for all
people living with the virus in the United States. NAPWA remains a strong voice in policy, capacity building, leadership
development, and social networking. NAPWA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Silver Spring, Maryland. For
more information about NAPWA, please visit www.napwa.org.
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National Association of People with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA)