National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb. 7, 2022


photo credit Don West

photo credit Don West

Join us February 7, 2022 from 6-8 pm for a reflection on: Art, Equity, and Health with panelists:
Amanda Shea           Michael J. Bobbitt
Zola Powell           Aaron Stone
Adrianna Boulin           Letta Neely
and Charles Murrell III
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Progress and Resilience

Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care.

To continue to reduce the burden of HIV and other health risks, people need adequate housing and transportation, employment, access to culturally competent health services that are free of stigma and discrimination, and more.

Together, when we work to overcome structural barriers to HIV testingprevention, and treatment and to stop HIV stigma, we help reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequities in Black communities.

A convergence of social, political, and technological conditions has created widening divisions in our nation.  These deep cultural divides are rending America’s social fabric in ways that inhibit equality, wellness, and progress. Join us to use your art as a threshold to mindfulness and healing.

Our work at SPOKE began 30 years ago to create a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to the AIDS pandemic. This mission remains just as urgent today as we face multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, and addiction, alongside the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS, particularly among vulnerable populations. Days Without Art will be a series of cultural events and actions connecting World AIDS Day, Dec 1st with National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb 7th.