New York Town Hall Meeting Will Explore New Science and Policies to "Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS" in Black Communities

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


"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 policymakers, faith and civic leaders, public health experts, and the HIV-affected community 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. Topics discussed will include treatment as prevention, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The meeting is free and open to the public.


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


Monday, October 29, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET (Reception and mural viewing: 6:00 - 6:30 pm; 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Community town hall meeting)



• Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

• Dr. Rafael Rivero, Sr. Medical Scientist at Gilead Sciences and bilingual trained physician

• Ronald Johnson, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, AIDS United

• Rev. Dr. Carl Washington, NBLCA New York City Affiliate Chair

More meetings are scheduled for Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Tampa, FL, Detroit, MI, Washington, D.C, New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS—"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. Our town hall meetings around the country will engage the broader community in developing decisive action plans to turn the tide of HIV, together."

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SOURCE National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS