AIDS United Joins Coalition to Establish July 2012 as National HIV Awareness Month

Leaders of National HIV/AIDS Organizations Issue Call to Increase Awareness of U.S. HIV Epidemic

logo-nhamWashington, DC. November 30 – AIDS United Is observing World AIDS Day 2011 by announcing its participation in the Coalition for National HIV Awareness Day, a group of national HIV/AIDS organizations that is establishing July 2012 as National HIV Awareness Month.  The goal of National HIV Awareness Month is to engage civil society and the private sector in the United States to create broad-scale public awareness of HIV/AIDS, end HIV stigma and discrimination and engage new stakeholders in the fight against the disease, with the ultimate goal of ending the epidemic.

“World AIDS Day 2011 is the perfect time to announce the first National HIV Awareness Month,” said Mark Ishaug, AIDS United President and CEO.  “Likewise, July 2012 --  the month that marks the first time the International AIDS conference will take place in the United States in more than 20 years -- is the perfect time to observe the first National HIV Awareness Month.  At these two respective times, when we recognize the devastation of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, we must remember that HIV/AIDS is far from over right here the United States.  Significant scientific and policy advances have put its end in our sights, but we MUST continue to make significant investments in those advances to propel us to that end.”

To read the news release issued by the Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month, about National HIV Awareness Day, click here.

About the Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month

The Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month is a group of national organizations committed to addressing the domestic HIV/AIDS crisis. The group is establishing July 2012 as National HIV Awareness Month to create broad-scale public awareness of the domestic impact of HIV/AIDS, end HIV stigma and discrimination, and engage new stakeholders in the fight against the disease, with the ultimate goal of ending the epidemic.  Founding members of the coalition include AIDS United, amfAR, Black AIDS Institute, HealthHIV, Latino Commission on AIDS, Magic Johnson Foundation, National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA), National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), U.S. Positive Women’s Network and The Well Project. For more information, please visit www.nationalhivawarenessmonth.org.

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