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World AIDS Day – African Americans

“To date, over 230,000 African Americans have died of AIDS – nearly 40% of total deaths – and of the more than 1 million people living with HIV in the United States of America today, around half are black.1 And yet, as a racial group, African Americans represent just 12% of the US population. The estimated lifetime risk of becoming infected with HIV is 1 in 16 for black males, and 1 in 30 for black females, a far higher risk than for white males (1 in 104) and white females (1 in 588).2 In Washington D.C, which has the nation’s highest district HIV prevalence (3%), 76 % of those infected are African American. 3 According to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, African Americans “comprise the greatest proportion of HIV/AIDS cases across many transmission categories, including among women, heterosexual men, injection drug users, and infants.”4

So why are black Americans so disproportionately affected by AIDS in America and how do black Americans themselves view the epidemic? And what is being done to limit the number of new cases of AIDS being identified in clinics across the country? –


Greater Than AIDS

Deciding Moments are everyday opportunities to take a stand against HIV — to be “greater than” the AIDS disease. It may be walking into a clinic and asking to be tested, buying (and using) condoms, correcting a piece of misinformation, talking with your child, or keeping up with your medications. Through these simple acts, we help to stop the spread of HIV. And, by each of us doing our part, we can collectively change the course of this epidemic.

What’s your Deciding Moment? Share your own Deciding Moment at

African American AIDS Task Force

“The mission of the African American AIDS Task Force is to provide culturally specific prevention, education and services to people of African descent who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.
The African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF) was founded by African American community members who were concerned with the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African American people living in Minnesota. Their goals were to increase the availability of culturally specific service providers to address the needs of African American people who were living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to empower communities to help themselves.”

AIDS Activist – Victor Mooney

“Africa to Brooklyn by rowboat.”

“After seven years of preparation, Victor Mooney will make his third attempt to row five-thousand miles from Cape Verde to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. He hopes this row will increase AIDS prevention and encourage HIV/AIDS testing to care. Mooney has lost one brother to AIDS and has another battling the disease.

Prior to Victor’s row, he’ll visit South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal to promote HIV testing and prevention. Mooney’s ground logistics in Africa is being supported by U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Office. Mooney will also partner with local health officials, non-governmental organizations and sponsors.” – The Goree Challenge III

Educational Goals
Promote reading for life
Make math & science fun
Lower the high school dropout rate
Encourage the youth to never give up
Enhanced HIV/AIDS school curriculum

Update: Victor Mooney Rescued after 14 days in a life raft.

Suzanne Africa Engo

“United Nations to Harpo Studios by foot.”

  • “Suzanne Engo began her philanthropic work aged five, when she shared her Christmas gifts with local handicapped children in her native Cameroon, West Africa.”
  • In 2000, Engo graduated from New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts.
  • In 2003, Engo founded the New York AIDS Film Festival, which was launched at the United Nations as the world’s first HIV/AIDS film festival.
  • In 2005, during the week prior to the Millennium Development Goals Summit Review, Suzanne directed and produced a media installation in the UN Lobby, which was attended by NGOs from around the world.
  • Suzanne Engo is the daughter of H.E. Judge Paul Bamela Engo (Former UN Ambassador, and currently of the International Tribune of the Law of the Sea) and Her Excellency Dr. Ruth Engo Tjega (President & Executive Director of African Action on AIDS, and formerly of the Office of the Secretary General, Special Advisor on Africa). – W

Yoga Teacher, Tony Eason

“San Francisco to Los Angeles by bike.”

I believe that World History is a reflection of the thoughts, actions and words, of Human Beings. Therefore, I have chosen to be a positive addition to History. And, I strive to live a non- violent (ahimsa) and empowering way of life. [However, I’m not a saint/far from perfect].

In June 2011, for my 14th Yr., I will participate in an event to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation called AIDSLifecycle. Each year, I cycle 575 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. And I complete the ride knowing I did the right thing. – California AIDS Ride / AIDSLifecycle Cyclist, Tony Eason

Iyengar Yoga Classes with Tony Eason