News release from Empower 'U' Miami:
World AIDS Day 2012
It has been 24 years since the World Health Organization and the United Nations first declared December 1st as World AIDS Day, a day when “people worldwide…unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and…commemorate people who have died” (www.worldaidsday.org). In Miami- Dade County Black/African Americans represent 19% of the population, but in 2011 accounted for 41% of new infections, 47% of people living with HIV, and 52% of new AIDS diagnoses (MDCHD). Considering these alarming statistics, Empower “U” Inc. (EU) stands in solidarity with individuals infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS and raise awareness on the importance of gaining factual knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS and breaking down the stereotypes and prejudices around these issues. EU will commemorate the 24th Annual World AIDS Day: “Getting to Zero” on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 by hosting a block party/health fair at our location: 8317 NW 22nd Avenue from 8 am to 5 pm; the activities will include:
World AIDS Day Walk: The walk is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in our high prevalence communities and around the world.
Get Tested Miami Campaign: This is a collaborative effort between the Miami-Dade County Health Department, HIV counselors, community-based organizations, private and public sector, faith-based organizations, health care providers, and concerned citizens that aims to:
1. Promote routine HIV testing
2. Improve Miami-Dade residents’ understanding of HIV
3. Reduce transmission of HIV
Medical Screenings: EU’s mobile testing units will also provide free and confidential medical screenings for other non-communicable chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol
Seminars, Workshops and Open House: Safer Sex, Relationships, HIV Prevention and Intervention, Health and Wellness
World AIDS Day Dance Competition: Local dance groups will compete for $1,000 in two (2) categories: (1) Individual (2) Group. Individuals and groups will be judged on: general appearance, routine construction, execution, professionalism, and showmanship. A panel of qualified Judges will conduct scoring and decide winners. All participants must include an HIV prevention theme in their dance routine.
HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable — early HIV diagnosis and treatment helps those who are positive live longer and healthier lives, and also reduces the spread of the disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) identifies stigma as a major contributor to the spread of HIV, keeping people from seeking information, speaking openly, using protection, getting tested and treated and otherwise acting to protect themselves and those they love.