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Public Awareness Campaign Encourages Women and Girls to be “Greater Than AIDS”

Community Education Group, Greater Than AIDS spearhead collaborative effort for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2011 -- As part of the efforts leading up to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, 2012, Community Education Group has teamed up with Greater Than AIDS to launch a major public campaign to bring widespread attention to the disease’s impact on women and girls.

Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the disease continues to wield massive influence over the lives of women.

•  HIV/AIDS affects nearly 280,000 women in the United States.

•  A woman is infected with HIV every 47 minutes.

•  Research shows that women living with HIV often face gaps in access to care.

The public awareness campaign, designed to increase understanding of prevention and treatment efforts, will feature actress Vanessa Williams -- best known for her roles in New Jack City and Melrose Place -- as the national spokesperson. It will also leverage the resources of Community Education Group, The Kaiser Family Foundation, The Black AIDS Institute, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and the National Latino AIDS Action Network to ensure that women and girls across the country are empowered in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“We’re very excited about this collaboration,” said A. Toni Young, Executive Director of Community Education Group. “With the International AIDS Conference coming to the United States in 2012 for the first time in more than 20 years, we see this partnership as a creative and unique opportunity for us to ensure that more communities understand how much of an impact HIV/AIDS is having on our nation’s women and girls.”

“It’s important for women to know that HIV isn’t what it was 30 years ago.  We have the power to end it,” said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Communication and Media Partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, which provides strategic guidance and day-to-day management for Greater Than AIDS. “This campaign can leverage the resources of the public and private sector to connect those most in need with information and services.”

As part of the campaign, 10,000 posters providing information about HIV/AIDS will be created and disseminated in English and another 5000 will be produced in Spanish. One of the missions of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to provide materials about preventing and managing the disease to community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and the business community so that they can better facilitate community conversations about preventing the disease and ensuring that those living with HIV/AIDS get access to care.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual nationwide observance of HIV/AIDS’ impact on women and girls. Each year, the Office on Women’s Health works with organizations across the country to create opportunities for women and girls to learn about HIV prevention, the importance of HIV testing and how those living with HIV/AIDS can better manage the disease.

About Community Education Group

Founded in 1993 as the National Women and HIV/AIDS Project (NWAP), the Community Education Group (CEG) seeks to stop the spread of HIV and eliminate health disparities by training community health workers, and educating and testing the hard-to-reach population. CEG also regularly shares its expertise with other organizations through national networks and local capacity building efforts. Today, CEG operates eight mobile testing units in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia and conducts HIV counseling and testing while linking clients to care.

About Greater Than AIDS

Greater Than AIDS is a national media campaign that seeks to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and reduce the stigma surrounding it. With the Kaiser Family Foundation providing the strategic direction and day-to-day management of the campaign and the Black AIDS Institute providing leadership and technical assistance, the campaign is particularly focused on the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans.

About the Office on Women’s Health

Since 1991, The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) has been improving the health of American women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women’s health agenda throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both health care prevention and service delivery have been critical components of the OWH’s work, and it has created programs and disseminated health information in an effort to develop and impact national health policy as it relates to women and girls.

About the National Latino AIDS Action Network

The National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN) mobilizes, educates, and advocates on national, state and local levels to prevent HIV infection, increase access to care and treatment, and inform research efforts that address the needs of diverse Latino communities.