NAN’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS in New York

National HIV Testing Day Events

 Love and Politics

New York City – June 27, 2011

Hosted by: Young Professionals United for Change, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), BET, National Action Network, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Veaux Productions, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC).  Every 9 ½ minutes someone in the U.S. becomes infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

Tremendous progress has been made to identify how the virus is spread, how the spread can be prevented, and how to effectively treat the virus. However, many of us are not protecting ourselves, getting tested, or seeking treatment.

  •  New York City remains the epicenter in the country with the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • New York City’s AIDS case rate is almost 3 times the U.S. average, and HIV is the 3rd leading cause of death for New York City residents aged 35 to 54.
  • Over the past couple of years, NYers between the ages of 13-29 continue to show an increase in HIV positive diagnoses while other age groups have remained stable.
  • African Americans and Latinos bear the greatest burden of disease making up 80% of the new HIV diagnosis.

 Every person can be at risk for HIV/AIDS whether they are young, old, gay, straight, male or female. However, HIV IS preventable.

 Alarmingly, one out of every five persons does not know they have HIV/AIDS. Testing is key to knowing one’s status and preventing the spread.  By knowing your status, you have the power to stay negative and if you test positive, you have the power to get treatment early to live a long, productive life and to protect others from getting the virus.

 In July 2010, President Barack Obama and the White House put forth the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States; the first President to do so since the beginning of the epidemic. Young Professionals share the responsibility in learning about this historic endeavor and how HIV/AIDS impacts their lives and the people around them and in becoming a voice that helps draw resources and attention to policymakers, the private sector, and community constituents in order to bring about change.

 Vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

“The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination. ”

Evening Event for Young Professionals – Love and Politics

WHAT: Host a chic and “sexy” young professional HIV awareness event. Young professionals will learn information about HIV and the importance of protecting oneself as well as have the opportunity to voluntarily take a HIV test. Event will also impress the importance of strengthening leadership and advocacy on the part of young professionals in order to influence policy in general with a focus on HIV/AIDS Policy in order to create change.


Fee: Free Event activities: Gift bags and raffle tickets for those who get a voluntary HIV Test, food and drinks, recognition/awards ceremony for three young leaders increasing community consciousness about the importance of testing, DJ/Dancing, Networking, Step and Repeat Wall,  musical performance. 

Confirmed incentives: Gift bags – Product by Keba; Raffles – Mizani Product Gift Basket.

 Honorees: Dr. Catrise Austin, VIP Smiles; Elkhair Balla and Jason Panda, Co-Founders, b condoms; Commissioner Darryl Towns, New York State Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner.

WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2011 (National HIV Testing Day) from 7:00-10:30pm

WHO: New York City’s Leading Young Professionals (Ages 25-45) in business, entertainment, and government, Elected Officials, Celebrities. Estimated attendance 300 people.

 Partner Organizations: Young Professionals United for Change, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), BET, National Action Network, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Veaux Productions, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC), Veaux Productions
Testing Partners: Harlem United
Media Partners: (Still in formation) Confirmed: BET/BET News,
Sponsors: Orasure; Ciroc (in-kind)

Host Committee: (Still in formation) Confirmed: Brian Benjamin (Young Professionals United for Change), Dr. Aletha Maybank (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Athena Moore (National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS), Fabrice Armand (ACLU), Shadan Deleveaux (Veaux Productions/L’Oreal), Natalie LeBlanc (Young Professionals United for Change), Knoelle Higginson (Mama Foundation for the Arts), Sora Caetano (Mayor Bloomberg’s Fund)

 WHERE: The (Damon) Dash Art Gallery, 172 Duane Street, New York, NY

Day Event – NYC Transportation Hubs

WHAT: Host HIV testing events across at two major transportation hubs in NYC. Events will provide information about HIV/AIDS and offer on-site HIV Test. Participants will receive incentives for testing.

 Confirmed Incentive: MAC Make-up artists at both sites/MAC AIDS Fund. Other activities include: tabling by community organizations, performances, radio station. 

WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2011 (National HIV Testing Day) from 11am – 4pm

WHO: YWCHAC, a peer youth HIV/AIDS organization, will help with recruitment at the two sites.  Local/National radio station will be present and promote testing at the sites. 

Partner Organizations: Young Professionals for Change, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, BET National Action Network, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC), Veaux Productions.

Media Partners: WBLS, BET,

Testing Partners: Brooklyn- Interfaith Medical Center (mobile unit) and GMAD and Harlem-Harlem United.

 WHERE: (1) Brooklyn-Atlantic Terminal and (2) Harlem- in front of Adam Clayton Powell Building.

The evening event will highlight the activities and success of the day events at the two sites in NYC.

 For more information or to participate, please contact Aletha Maybank at 917-279-2480 or, Brian Benjamin at 646-510-1499 or , or Athena Moore at 212-614-8026 or




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