POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:01am
UPDATED: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 10:28am
Baton Rouge — In response to the fact that African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has embarked on a new national “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue” public awareness campaign intended to highlight this health disparity as well as emphasize the fact that access to HIV prevention, care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be universal.
As part of its campaign, AHF has teamed with local Louisiana partners Greater King David Baptist Church, Pastor John E. Montgomery and Promise Land Baptist Church, Pastor Perry Wrights Jr., to host an ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ town hall discussion at Greater King David Baptist Church from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday evening, February 28th.
The forum—which also takes place during Black History Month and during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—is the third in a nationwide series spearheaded by AHF.
Reverend Al Sharpton will be keynote speaker followed, by a program featuring a town panel discussion with several respected local community, political, health, religious and HIV/AIDS leaders.
Currently African Americans account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12% of the population. Latinos account for 21% of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16% of the U.S. population.