National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event

A spectacular event featuring gospel music, food and African Americans living HIV/AIDS.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition (W.O.M.E.N.) and Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Unit will host “Face to Facts: Speakers Forum”, a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event. The event will be held on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Light Hall, Room 208 beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Blacks in the United States.

The “Face to Facts” event will have food, music, free and confidential HIV testing, and first person stories from individuals who are living with HIV. A candle lighting ceremony will take place in which representatives from each of “The Divine 9” Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities will participate. These representatives will foster unity and exhibit their continued commitment to eradicating HIV/AIDS in the Black community.

W.O.M.E.N. and Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Unit are excited about this partnership opportunity as two great institutions come together to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS in the Black community. W.O.M.E.N. is the only community based organization in Tennessee that is founded, organized and administered by an African American, two time author and mother living with AIDS: Catherine Wyatt-Morley. The mission of the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Unit is to participate in the clinical trials program to do clinical trials that will lead to a safe effective preventive HIV vaccine that will work everywhere in the world. This event is free and open to the public.