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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gary DaffinGreetings,

2011 marks the 30th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.  Nearly 600,000 of our friends and family across the nation have died.   An estimated 1.1 million people in the US are living  with HIV today. More than 500,000 of them are Black.

Every 9 ½ minutes, someone becomes infected with HIV in the US, which amounts to over 56,000 new infections each year.  Nearly half of these are Black men and women.

Similar to other regions, Blacks residents in Boston and across Massachusetts are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS - particularly Black immigrants, Black gay and bisexual men, and Black  women.

There are many ways that you can make a difference.

The first step is to ensure that you know your own HIV status.  Get tested.  If you are HIV positive, get into care immediately to take advantage of effective medications.  If you are HIV negative, educate yourself about how to stay negative. 

To schedule an appointment for a confidential HIV test contact MAC (617) 238-2424.  

Or Drop by our offices for more information about accessing HIV education, prevention materials, and referrals to care.

You can also take action in other ways:

  • read the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan
  • talk to your elected officials about what they can do in your community
  • create HIV prevention messages to post online
  • join the fight to ensure human rights for people affected by HIV/AIDS 

Make 2011 the year that you get involved to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

You have much to contribute.

- Gary K. Daffin

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