National Organization Seeks To Continue War On AIDS

Published: November 20, 2014

Brian W. Carter
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In six years, 19 leading historically Black and Latino national organizations known as the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) have been educating underserved communities about AIDS and HIV. This collaboration of partners came together under the umbrella of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC).

Tony Wafford, columnist, community activist and a member of AAALI through his organization, I Choose Life, has been fighting the battle against a disease running rampant in the African American community. He hopes the AAALI will be able to continue in its efforts because as of October 1, 2015, the AAALI will no longer be funded despite the overwhelming success and breakthroughs the organization has made within communities.  Wafford talked about how he became involved in the fight against AIDS and HIV.

In 2010, the CDC expanded AAALI to also include organizations that focus specifically on the Latino community and on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).  The AAALI partners have implemented 2,388 HIV/AIDS –related events in collaborations with 400 chapters and collaborative partners, which has yielded some 3,604,664 attendees and distributed some 3,592,361 HIV/AIDS – related materials. They were also instrumental in testing 34,804 individuals.

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