The Chester City Blog is committed to providing information to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS in our community. Those efforts were recognized by Dr. Amy Nunn of Brown University who I recently met at a conference.
Her project, Do One Thing, is a large scale HIV testing campaign that aims to test an entire neighborhood for HIV in one of the most heavily impacted neighborhoods of the country in Philadelphia. She incorporates the black clergy to reach community members and offered to bring her program to Chester.
Dr. Nunn shared with me that one person did respond to the Chester Blog post that announced her program.
Some recent and upcoming HIV/AIDS activity:
- Next week, over 20,000 people from nearly 200 countries will convene on Washington D.C. for the world’s largest AIDS conference held every two years somewhere on the globe. www.aids2012.org #AIDS2012
- Dr. Nunn’s Do One Thing project in Philadelphia offers ongoing actives including testing and support. www.1netthing.com @1nething www.facebook.com/do1nething
- The NAACP project, The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, has created an amazing manual that you can view or download full of information geared to engaging churches in the HIV/AIDS prevention cause. www.TheBlackChurchandHIV.org
- The City of Chester has presented proclamations to HIV/AIDS support organizations and recently had a free testing day at City Hall.
Some US neighborhoods have HIV infection rates that rival those of Sub-Saharan Africa, and African Americans bear a significant share of the nation's HIV burden. These trends persist in spite of the fact that African Americans do not engage in higher risk behavior than people of other races.