World AIDS Day
Today is World AIDS Day.
Please join the community at 5:30 tonight at Clunie Community Center for a candlelight vigil walk around McKinley Park to commemorate the 28th annual World AIDS Day.
KVIE's Rob Stewart will open the event program which includes performances by community members Spade RoyalGotti and Milla Milojkovic, testimonials of HIV related Stigma, and recognition for two community members who have dedicated many years to the fight for HIV and stigma reduction.
Light food and a hosted (Donations accepted.) bar will be provided.
For more information, visit www.sacworldaidsday.org
Free and confidential HIV testing is available at the Sacramento G&L Center on Fridays 12-6 or by appointment (916-442-0185 saccenter.org.) You can pick up free receptive and insertive condoms and lube at the Center as well. They also offer sexual health education and a living with HIV support group.
A Message from EQCA
Today we mourn the millions lost during the more than three decades of the AIDS epidemic, celebrate the enormous strides the scientific community has made in treating and preventing transmission of HIV and remember that even now we must remain vigilant. HIV still threatens the LGBT community, particularly people of color, and the progress we have made is itself under threat as a result of the recent presidential election.
While recent years have seen the development of medications that have turned what once was a fatal diagnosis into a long-term, manageable condition, and that protect HIV-negative people from contracting the virus, HIV is still very much a threat to our community.
Those advances remain out of reach for millions of people in the United States and around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that transgender women globally are 49 times more likely to have HIV than the general population. The transmission rate in young gay men increased 133 percent between 2001 and 2011. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated half of gay or bisexual black men and a quarter of gay and bisexual Latino men can expect to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. Poverty and lack of access to healthcare still leave millions here at home and around the world without life-saving therapies to treat HIV or to prevent its transmission. And laws enacted in the early days of the HIV epidemic still criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV in California and across the country.
Click here to learn more about our work to end the epidemic and laws that target people with HIV.
The recent presidential election represents a grave threat to programs that fund HIV treatment and research and that provide healthcare to people living with HIV.
Equality California is working with a coalition of other LGBT, HIV service and civil rights organizations to modernize laws that unfairly target people with HIV. We are educating our community about the benefits and availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which has the potential to end transmission of HIV. We are working in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to protect the Affordable Care Act, which brought vital healthcare coverage for the first time to millions of people previously ineligible due to HIV status or other preexisting conditions.
While we have made important strides, the battle against HIV stigma, to end the epidemic and to care for people living with HIV is clearly far from over.