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We Recognize National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day

On September 27 in support of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of organizations and individuals have signed onto a joint letter (http://www.wethelgbt.org) to reengage with the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men account for 63% of the new HIV infections in 2010. In fact, gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing.

“Our center has been fighting HIV since the beginning” says Lorraine Langlois, CEO at Metro Wellness & Community Centers. “It’s time for our community to come back to the fight. This time we are going to end an epidemic. Can there be anything more important?”

pelosiMetro CEO Lorraine Langlois recently met with  Nancy Pelosi. Over the past few months, Langlois has been working with local and national politicians to remind them of HIV funding during the turbulent fiscal fights in DC.  Metro has  collected and sent signatures on petitions and has sent them to every Florida  member of the state and federal congress.

Over the last 30 years, the LGBT community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS Epidemic in the 1980s. In the decades since our movement has seen incredible victories… Unfortunately, our community hasn’t maintained the same momentum in our fight against HIV. Each day, more than 80 gay and bisexual men become infected with HIV in the United States. Despite these alarming statistics, which have galvanized our community in the past, the HIV epidemic has seemed to fall by the way side. Many in our community have simply stopped talking about the issue. This must change. (http://www.wethelgbt.org)

In collaboration with the Pinellas Planning Partnership, Metro Wellness & Community Centers will host a National Gay men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Block Party on Friday, September 27 from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg. The event will feature live music from Dee Jay Phoenix Von Black, games, FREE HIV Testing, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings and more. The community is invited to come out and raise awareness on this epidemic, get tested and increase dialogue. Other area LGBT organizations will also be on hand including Watermark Media and Equality Florida. Get tested. Know your status.

For more information call 727-321-3854.

 



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