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New York City Town Hall Meeting Will Examine New Science And Policies To “Turn The Tide Of HIV/AIDS” In Black Communities

December 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

    WHAT:   New York Cityis at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS
            epidemic in the U.S., and African Americans and Latinos
            are disproportionately affected. "Turning the Tide
            Together: Addressing HIV/AIDS and Health Disparities in
            Black Communities," a community town hall meeting
            convened by the National Black Leadership Commission on
            AIDS Inc. (NBLCA), will bring together policy makers,
            faith and civic leaders, public health experts, and the
            HIV-affected community to discuss ways to more
            effectively address and develop national and local
            responses to HIV/AIDS and related health disparities in
            light of the most recent scientific knowledge and
            research. The meeting is free and open to the public.

    WHERE:  The Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm
            X Boulevard at 136th Street, New York City

    WHEN:   Tuesday, December 4,6:00 pm -8:30 pm ET (Reception and
            tour: 6:00 -6:30 pm; 6:30 pm: Presentations begin)

    WHO:   Moderator:
            C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black
            Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.
           Speakers and Topics:
            Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, New York
            City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Treatment
            as PreventionRonald Johnson, Vice President of Policy and
            Advocacy, AIDS United - Affordable Care ActRon Ticho,
            Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Orasure
            Technologies, Inc. - OraQuick In-Home HIV TestDr.
            Marjorie Hill, Gay Men's Health Crisis - Ending the
            Epidemic Among the LGBTQ CommunityIngrid Floyd, Iris
            House - Addressing the Unique Needs of WomenAmanda Lugg,
            African Services Committee - HiddenEpidemics, Stigma &
            Immigration: The "African" in African AmericanGeorge
            Farrell, Steinway Children and Family Services - Mental
            Health, Children and Families

More meetings are scheduled in Tampa (Dec. 7), Dallas (Dec. 14), and New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS (2013)–”hot spots” for HIV/AIDS where the black community is disproportionately affected.

“Recent scientific advances and new policies can help to stem the high rate of HIV infection in African American communities, which have been ravaged for so long by the spread of the virus,” said NBLCA President C. Virginia Fields. “These exciting developments represent our best chance to end the epidemic, but the greatest challenge we face is determining how African Americans can move forward as a community to achieve that goal. On December 1, we marked World AIDS Day in solidarity with people around the world in the fight against HIV. Our town hall meetings around the country will engage the broader community in developing decisive action plans to turn the tide of HIV, together.”

Media Contact: Teri Wade, Mission & Message Communications, 212-595-4047 teri@missionandmessage.com

SOURCE National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.

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