The NO/AIDS Task force, a longtime presence in the fight against HIV/AIDS in southeast Louisiana, will open a new HIV prevention office, funded through a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dubbed The Movement (4005 St. Claude Ave.), the community center will feature HIV prevention activities for young black gay/bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 29. It also will offer on- and off-site HIV counseling, testing and referrals, a young gay/bisexual men’s social networking program, one-on-one counseling, a "drop in safe space" and a Youth Advisory Board that oversees the center's development.
According to the task force, African-Americans in Louisiana account for 74 percent of all new HIV cases and 78 percent of all new AIDS cases. In 2010, of the new HIV diagnoses among African Americans in Louisiana, 47 precent are men who have sex with men — and within New Orleans, the rate is 57 percent. The state is the fourth highest in estimated state AIDS case rates (at 20 per 100,000).