National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


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Tomorrow, as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., In This Together (ITT) , a local HIV/AIDS agency, is leading an outreach, awareness program, “Steppin’ Out for Ourselves.” ITT has organized a number of teams that will be located in intersections heavily traveled by African Americans in order to get the word out about HIV/AIDS in the African American community. Here are a few of those staggering facts:


  • African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, but account for nearly half of all new HIV infections, and almost half of all Americans living with HIV;
  • In Washington, D.C., a majority black city, one in 20 residents is living with HIV — approximately the same proportion of people as in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. One in 50 D.C. residents has AIDS;
  • According to the Louisiana HIV/AIDS Surveillance Quarterly Report, in the New Orleans Region in 2007, 63 percent persons newly diagnosed with HIV and 68 percent of newly diagnosed with AIDS were African American;
  • 59 percent of the 5847 people living with HIV/AIDS in the New Orleans Region are African American.


Here are the names of the teams and where they will be located:





N’R Peace

 General DeGaulle at Garden Oaks Dr.

Crescent City Links

N. Board at Bayou Road

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

N. Claiborne at Esplanade Avenue

National Black MBA New Orleans

South Broad at Canal Street

In This Together, Inc./Friends

South Claiborne at MLK Blvd.

Keilder Summer and Friends

Canal at North Rampart Street

Urban League Young Professionals

North Claiborne at Elysian Fields Avenue

Greater New Orleans Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Bourbon and Canal Street






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