Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sistahs Getting REAL About HIV and AIDS - December 1, 2008
"Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS"
5th. Anniversary Billboard Campaign
In Commemoration of World AIDS Day
Monday, December 1, 2008
West Grand and San Pablo Streets
Big "props" to 100 Black Women of the Bay Area
Contact: Cathy D. Adams
CDA Consulting Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2008
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter and CAL-PEP to host Free HIV Testing for the 5thAnniversary of “Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS Billboard Campaign” in comemoration of World AIDS Day
December 1, 2008
(Oakland, CA)- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter (NCBW) and The California Prevention and Education Project (CAL-PEP) will provide Free HIV Testing and host a press conference for the 5th Anniversary Billboard Campaign for “Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS”, on Monday, December 1st in commemoration of WORLD AIDS DAY at the corner West Grand and San Pablo Avenues in Oakland, California. The press conference will start at 12 Noon. Free HIV testing will be provided from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The purpose of this press conference is to educate black women across multiple sectors about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community to stimulate concrete and effective action to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among black women in America.
“Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS” billboards will be posted in the following locations:
Bayshore Blvd WS 400ft S/O Sunnydale F/N – 3, San Francisco
3rd St WS 50ft N/O Egbert F/S – 2. San Francisco
International Blvd NS 50ft W/O 76th Av F/E – 1, Oakland
Martin Luther King WS 11ft S/O 39th St F/S – 1, Oakland
Jefferson ES 70ft S/O 11th St F/N – 1, Oakland
Mac Arthur NS 75ft E/O Parker F/W – 1, Oakland
Telegraph WS 130ft S/O 31st St F/N – 1, Oakland
W Grand NS 50ft E/O San Pablo F/E – 1, Oakland
The billboards are sponsored by a grant made possible through Catholic Healthcare West.
The billboards has been a great vehicle for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Oakland Bay Area Chapter in partnership with CAL-PEP to continue to promote HIV/AIDS awareness while promoting free HIV testing in San Francisco and throughout Alameda County.
CAL-PEP is a community-based organization that specializes in HIV and AIDS prevention and education and wants to raise awareness about the state of emergency of HIV infections among African-Americans in Alameda County and educate community members on techniques and behaviors that can make the disease 100% preventable!
Oakland has the highest concentration of HIV cases in Alameda County and nationally of new HIV infections that occur each year over half occur in people 25 years or younger. AIDS is also steadily increasing among African American teens. African American teens make up only 16% of U.S. teenagers, but accounted for 69% of new AIDS cases among teens in 2005 according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Knowledge of one’s status and HIV/AIDS education is crucial to the prevention of HIV and AIDS. CAL-PEP’S Executive Director, Gloria Lockett, a nationally known educator, believes that “AIDS is 100% preventable” and CAL-PEP encourages everyone to get tested.
CAL-PEP will administer the OraQuick rapid HIV test free of charge. No needles are required (oral sample only, no blood) and results are provided within 20 minutes. In addition to testing, HIV test counselors will provide risk reduction counseling during the twenty-minute wait. Safer sex tips and safe sex kits will also be provided for all those being tested.
To get a free HIV test at anytime contact Sonya Richey at CAL-PEP at (510) 874-7850. For information about NCBW’s “Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS” billboard campaign please call (510) 287-2534 or call (510) 653-4085 or log on to the website
Photos property of Edward Miller Photography
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