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Black AIDS Mobilization Gains Momentum with Congressional Black Caucus Call to Action
Date:9/26/2007

reality," said U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). "This is not an ideological issue. It is a moral and humanitarian call for equality and justice, and each of us must do our part."

Also during the conference, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, representing more than 200 African American newspapers, announced a series of editorials on HIV/AIDS written by national community and religious leaders.

Over the last decade, Black people have come to bear the greatest burden of AIDS in America. They represent 54 percent of the new HIV/AIDS cases in America, 70 percent of the new cases among American youth are Black, nearly 67 percent of the new HIV/AIDS cases among American women are Black, and 43 percent of the new cases among men are Black. Most importantly, the majority of those still dying from AIDS in America, totaling more than 18,000 last year, were Black.

Launched last fall by an array of Black leaders representing elected officials, civil rights, faith, media and entertainment and business, this on-going campaign and Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM) is committed to ending the AIDS epidemic in Black America by 2012 by:

-- Cutting the HIV rates in Black America by 50%

-- Increasing the number Black Americans who know their HIV status by 50%

-- Increasing the number Black Americans in appropriate early

care/treatment by 50%

-- Reducing HIV/AIDS stigma in Black America by 50%

Learn more at http://www.blackaids.org, http://www.balmingilead.org, http://www.nblca.org/ and http://www.congressionalblackcaucus.net/.

Contact: Xina Eiland, 202-321-8022

xeiland@yahoo.com

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