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Southern AIDS Living Quilt Raises Awareness in Washington, D.C.
Date:12/4/2008

Electronic AIDS Quilt Unites Leaders of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. AIDS Offices

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nationally, Washington, D.C. ranks first in AIDS cases. Of people living with AIDS in D.C., 82 percent are African American. In an effort to increase awareness of this crisis in D.C. and the South, today's Living Quilt roundtable at the George Washington University brought together the leaders of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia AIDS offices to discuss the challenges associated with fighting HIV/AIDS in America.

The Southern AIDS Living Quilt, www.livingquilt.org, collects and shares video and audio stories from women on the front lines of the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS. The Living Quilt highlights the need for routine testing, early diagnosis, and increased access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS in the South.

"On World AIDS Day, much of the world was focused on the epidemic in the developing world. We are here today because little attention has been paid to how the epidemic is growing in our own backyards - especially among women. The Living Quilt makes one thing very clear, the status quo must change," said Dr. Bambi Gaddist, Southern AIDS Coalition Board Member and Executive Director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. "It is also clear that there is a desire to hear these stories. Thousands of people across the country have watched these videos in the few weeks since we launched in New Orleans."

The event was co-hosted by the Southern AIDS Coalition, The Women's Collective and Metro TeenAIDS. Representing these groups were board members of the Southern AIDS Coalition, including Dr. Bambi Gaddist, Heather Hauck, Director of the Maryland AIDS Administration, and Kathy Hafford, Director of the Division of Disease Prevention of the Virginia
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