On February 11th I had the honor of presenting for Pi Upsilon, Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Pi Upsilon HIV/AIDS Awareness event "pRHOtect Don't Regret" was held at Xavier University, founded in 1831 Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio. The University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.
A big thank you to everyone who came out and all my beautiful SoRHOrs who were in attendance, I had a wonderful time. Thank you Pi Upsilon
Why programs around National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are important?
- African Americans account for ALMOST HALF (44%) of ALL PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES, yet only account for 14% of the population.
- The largest percentage (38%) of new HIV infections are among black males aged 13–24 years
- THE RATE OF NEW HIV INFECTIONS AMONG BLACK WOMEN IS 20X HIGHER THAN WHITE WOMEN and nearly 5 times that of Hispanic women.
- HIV-positive African Americans are the LEAST LIKELY OF ANY RACE OR ETHNICITY TO BE RETAINED IN MEDICAL CARE or to be virally suppressed through anti-retroviral drug therapy.
- African Americans are TEN TIMES more likely to DIE from AIDS-related complications.
- Lack of awareness, access to medication, stigma, and silence equaled death to over 265,812 African-Americans in 2011