An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV, but 1 in 5 does not know they are infected and more than half of American adults, ages 18-64 have never been tested. Faith and community-based organizations play significant role in reducing health disparities and help work to solve some of our most complex health challenges, including HIV/AIDS. Through the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, President Obama has charged the federal Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to actively engage faith communities to address HIV/AIDS and promote prevention and early treatment.
To address these issues, the HHS Center and White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood are hosting an evening webcast, live from the White House This provides a great opportunity for your congregation or community organization to host a watch party and join in the discussion on preventing and responding to HIV/AIDS in our communities, and supporting individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
Prominent faith leaders and White House Officials will discuss the importance of ending stigma around this disease in order to promote prevention and early treatment, and increasing the number of people in communities who KNOW their status by being tested. Early testing and diagnosis is a key to prevention.
If you have a question for a member of the panel, please email Partnerships@hhs.gov by 12:00pm on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Be sure to include, your name, organization and location.
We hope you and your congregations will be able to join us for this important webcast discussion:
SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
7:00pm – 8:00pm
It is very important that faith communities participate in this webcast: http://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/policies/national-hiv-aids-strategy