'Prevention efforts are the key to combating HIV,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the following statement today in honor of efforts to fight HIV and AIDS at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in conjunction with National STD Awareness Month.
"Prevention efforts are the key to combating HIV. We laud efforts by college students and organizations to raise awareness around sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV and AIDS.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown again and again the significant impact HIV/AIDS have on the African-American community. AIDS is the leading cause of death in this country for African Americans between 25 and 44 years old. While HIV infection rates over a decade have held steady for whites, they have doubled among African Americans.
"It's extremely important to do this kind of key prevention work in all communities, but especially African-American communities. We laud these students and Leaders in the Fight to Eradicate AIDS, the Black AIDS Institute, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the CDC for getting this work done."
HRC recently participated in the North Carolina HBCU statewide "Stomp Out HIV/AIDS" conference and the South Carolina statewide HBCU
HIV/AIDS peer education summit. On the federal level, HRC works with national HIV/AIDS organizations to ensure that the government adequately funds scientifically proven prevention activities, care and research.
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