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It's Time to Recommit to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS has reached crisis levels among the Black population of the U.S. We cannot ignore the impact of racism and discrimination in this epidemic.

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Education is a necessary weapon in our arsenal to defeat HIV/AIDS, but on its own is not wholly sufficient.  We must also continue to break down the old barriers that have prevented progressive groups from joining efforts and working together.  Poverty, sex education, and HIV/AIDS organizations all have a stake in defeating the HIV epidemic in the Black community and we must work together if we are to be successful. 

National Black AIDS Awareness Day was established to increase awareness in the Black community on HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, and also to decrease the stigma around the disease.  We honor that today and raise our voices to say change is needed.  Thankfully, President Obama has pledged his support to tackle the domestic epidemic and to begin this important work through a public-private partnership that creates a National AIDS Strategy.  Make no mistake, this important plan must address the issues of prevention and the increasingly racial path this disease is taking.

Gloria Reuben is an actress, singer, and member of the Board of SIECUS.

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