SNMA Greater Than AIDS Campaign
Written by: SNMA National President, Michael Knight
The SNMA Greater Than AIDS campaign is on the move! As one of this year’s Presidential Initiatives, the SNMA>AIDS campaign represents the community empowerment component of this year’s national programmatic agenda and builds upon our well-established Sexual Health Awareness Protocol. Through this campaign, we have joined multiple organizations and thousands of people through a partnership with the Greater Than AIDS campaign: a movement responding to the AIDS crisis in the United States, and the severe and disproportionate epidemic in the minority community.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blacks make up just 14-percent of the total U.S. population, yet represent almost half of those living with HIV and about half of those with AIDS who die each year. The rate of new HIV infections for black men is about six times as high as the rate among white men, and the rate of new HIV infections for black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of white women. This disparity is also present in other ethnic minority groups such as Hispanics, who have new HIV infection rates two and four times higher than whites for men and women, respectively. Under the direction of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Black AIDS Institute, and in support of Act Against AIDS, a multi-year effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Greater Than AIDS seeks to increase knowledge and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.
As an organization, we stand on one of the fundamental components of our mission: addressing the needs of underserved communities. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is affecting these communities that we serve in such a disproportionate way that we could not be silent in this area. Through this partnership with Greater Than AIDS, our chapters have access to an armament of materials and strategies to effectively execute this initiative. Across the country, our members have implemented educational and HIV testing events in their local communities, and have worked to increase awareness of this important issue.
The SNMA>AIDS campaign has become one of the most successful programs in our organization’s recent history. In news outlets from San Diego to Atlanta, the news is spreading about our campaign. On November 30th, 2011, in a press release through PR Newswire from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the SNMA was featured as a national partner of the Greater Than AIDS campaign in hundreds of news outlets across the country. On December 1st, 2011, World AIDS Day, our SNMA>AIDS public service announcement, filmed at the Kaiser Family Foundation studios in Washington, DC, was posted on various social media sites, and received hundreds of hits. We are so excited about the impact that our organization continues to have in our community. We will continue to work to become the leaders and change agents that our patients, neighbors and families can depend on to address this vital issue
Filed Under: AIDS Awareness
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