Brooklyn Commemorates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
On Monday, February 8th, the Brooklyn Linkage to Care Coalition (BLCC), the Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and the Watchful Eye brought together community leaders, HIV/AIDS experts, service providers and consumers to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Brooklyn is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City and the nation for Blacks, Women, Adolescents and Children living with HIV. In some parts of New York City, HIV/AIDS is a chronic condition- for Black Brooklynites it remains a death sentence. In 2007, Brooklyn had 100 more deaths of people who had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS than Manhattan and each of the other boroughs. Brooklyn consistently has had the largest number of individuals, who when diagnosed with HIV, are also diagnosed with AIDS- meaning that they are not benefitting from access to the care and treatment which has extended the lives of many others.
See below for links to documents from the conference: