DATE: Monday, February 7
MARCH BEGINS: 5:00pm, San Francisco City Hall
VIGIL: 6:00pm, African-American Arts & Cultural Center, 726 Fulton Street
San Francisco - Black Brothers Esteem, a prevention and support program of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is proud to join a coalition of organizations to sponsor a march and candlelight vigil to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7th. The march begins on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, and ends with the vigil at African-American Arts and Cultural Center.
“The event is an important reminder that the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over, particularly in minority communities,” said Tony Bradford, director of Black Brothers Esteem at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “African-Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, and February 7th is a reminder that HIV still thrives in the margins and we cannot let down our guard.”
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day was created in 1999 to mobilize communities across the country to promote testing and treatment among African-Americans. Organizers urge people to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treatment.
“This is a significant day, especially because so many young people of color don’t think HIV/AIDS will ever impact their lives,” said Bradford. “But with education and awareness, we can stop HIV in its tracks and get people into the treatment they need to stay healthy and protect others.”
This special community event is sponsored by African American Health Disparities Project, Black Brothers Esteem, Black Coalition on AIDS, HIV Prevention and HIV Research Sections of Department of Public Health, Our Love/Stop AIDS Project, Rising Blackness, Shanti, STD Prevention and Control, Tenderloin Health, and Unity.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to ensure the HIV epidemic ends in the same city where it began. By combining innovative, evidence-based programs for HIV prevention and care with bold policy initiatives focused on issues ranging from harm reduction to total health and wellness, the agency is making sustainable progress against HIV among populations most vulnerable to the disease. Established in 1982, San Francisco AIDS Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.