African Americans face the most severe rates of HIV and AIDS in the nation. While Blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent nearly half of the 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year and half of the more than 14,000 AIDS deaths each year.
The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is a $16 million, six-year partnership between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and leading national organizations representing the populations hardest hit by HIV.
The CDC launched AAALI as part of its Act Against AIDS communication campaign in 2009. The initiative initially brought together some of the nation’s foremost African American organizations to intensify HIV prevention efforts in black communities. In 2010, CDC expanded AAALI to also include organizations that focus specifically on men who have sex with men (MSM), and the Latino community.
Since the launch of AAALI in April 2009, the Foundation has organized 12 AAALI events across the United States with nearly 3,000 attendees; collaborated with more than 35 organizations (national and local); published an HIV/AIDS call-to-action op-ed in more than 30 Black newspapers; tested more than 450 people; and exposed over 4 million people to HIV prevention messages.
We all have a role to play in ending this preventable epidemic. There are four simple steps to protect yourself and loved ones from HIV:
Get more information about how to protect yourself and those you love at www.actagainstaids.org.
AAALI partner organizations were chosen based on their demonstrated national reach, credibility and influence, as well as their ability to effectively reach these impacted communities through their existing communication channels and mobilization activities.
Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative Partner Organizations: