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Southern AIDS Living Quilt Project in Raleigh Tomorrow

Web-based project educates and empowers through personal stories of North Carolina women and others across the South

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eighty percent of women living with AIDS in North Carolina are minorities, with AIDS being the leading cause of death for African American women ages 25-34. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28, the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) and Test for Life will host a demonstration and discussion of the Southern AIDS Living Quilt (, a website featuring real-life video stories from southern women on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Living Quilt project brings to life the impact of HIV/AIDS in the South, highlighting the disproportionate impact on women, particularly women of color, and providing critical information about routine testing and the importance of early diagnosis.

Southern AIDS Coalition and Test for Life host:

Southern AIDS Living Quilt Demonstration and Call to Action

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

1200 Front Street

Raleigh, North Carolina

Event Overview: Demonstration of the Living Quilt website featuring a discussion with Living Quilt participants (including women from North and South Carolina) and leading state and regional HIV/AIDS policy experts. Speakers will address the changing face of HIV/AIDS, its devastating impact on minorities and what can be done to combat the spread of the disease.

Confirmed Participants:

Evelyn Foust, SAC Co-Chair, HIV/STD Director, NC Department of Health & Human Services

Dr. Peter Leone, Medical Director, HIV/STD Prevention & Care, N.C. Division of Public Health

Yvonne Torres, HIV/STD Program Manager, Wake County Human Services

Dr. Steve Klein, Deputy Health Director, State of North Carolina

Carlotta McNeill, Director of Prevention and Education

Tanya Bass, NCCU Peer Educator, Quilt Participant

North and South Carolina Living Quilt participants

To RSVP or to ask questions, please e-mail or call 1-800-461-6946.

About the Southern AIDS Coalition

The Southern AIDS Coalition was formed in 2001 as a membership organization of government representatives, corporations, and community advocates. This unique partnership is borne from the burgeoning numbers of people in the South whose new infection rates are much higher than the rest of the U.S. population. SAC highlights that federal funds do not meet the needs of those living with HIV in the South and are not equally distributed across the country. SAC works to provide southern citizens an opportunity for adequate HIV/AIDS prevention information, treatment, and health care. SAC is a federally recognized 501(c)3.

SOURCE Southern AIDS Coalition
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