June 20, 2011 – The Oakland Tribune My Word program writes an article titled “HIV/AIDS an issue we cannot afford to ignore” by William Olson. In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, 2011, Olson honors and recognizes the epidemic in the U.S., especially in California. Olson sheds light on the epidemic among African Americans: “By race and ethnicity, African Americans are severely and disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in the United States, according to the CDC. African Americans represent roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population; however, they account for almost half of people living with HIV as well as nearly half of new infections each year. There is no scientific evidence that demonstrates that African Americans are more susceptible to HIV infection, and efforts to prevent HIV transmission are equally effective in the African-American population as in other populations.”
WORLDettes Cecilia Chung, Board Member, Sonia Rastogi, U.S. Positive Women’s Network Communications Coordinator, and WORLD ally Henry O’Campo are featured in the articles photo of a rally on the steps of Oakland’s City Hall.
Read the full article here.