Live Civil readers are no doubt familiar with the civil unrest currently taking place across the country: “Black Lives Matter,” became a rallying cry as we recouped from the shock of Trayvon Martin, of Michael Brown, of Eric Garner, of Sandra Bland.
Simultaneously, we see African-Americans dis-proportionally represented in another statistic—HIV/AIDS transmissions. This needs to change.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the AHF Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce (ABACT) recently teamed up with Common, Patti LaBelle, Al Sharpton, The Prancing Elites, and Bree Newsome to host a “Vote 2 End HIV: #BlackVotesMatter” event on Thursday, August 6th in Atlanta. This event aims to start a conversation around what actions our community can take to end the cycle of unnecessary deaths.
We want YOU to join. What can you do?
#BlackVotesMatter: Voting is an effective way to have your voice heard in your community, influence policy, and fight for your rights. For more information on how to sign up to vote (and upcoming elections in your area), click here.
Get tested for HIV.
Knowing your status is a key way to take control of your health and support the health of your community. AHF offers free HIV testing in a variety of locations. Visit (http://www.aidshealth.org/locations?ml___postal_code=&ml___task=search_zip&ml___radius=25) to find a testing location near you. We’ve got your back.
Follow AHF on Twitter and Instagram @aidshealthcare to stay up-to-date on our upcoming civil rights and sexual health initiatives.
Be a leader in your community.
Take to social media using the hashtags #Vote2EndHIV and #BlackVotesMatter to share information with your family and friends on how to take control of government policies and sexual health.