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UCAN Stop AIDS E-news - October 15, 2007


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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day  

Written by: Lizette Merchan

Every 15th of October, since 2003, the Latino Commission on AIDS has developed a Hispanic/Latin@ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to break the cycle of silence, and instead, create awareness about getting the facts, being tested and taking action.
 
In my personal experience as an HIV tester and counselor, through my church Outreach work at Community of Hope, UCC in Tulsa, OKlahoma, we have partnered with local agencies to host HIV/AIDS awareness and screening opportunities to create a safe atmosphere around the city concerning HIV and AIDS.
 
I have tested Hispanic/Latin@ construction workers, mothers, fathers, 13-year olds, young adults, sex workers, seniors - men and women who decided to break the silence and take action. Some were not sure about being tested, yet they came to talk and do something about it! 
 
Take Control! Take the HIV Test!
 
Call now and find out where you or someone you love can be tested!: 1-800-624-2377
Or visit: http://www.nlaad.org/ 

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Cada 15 de Obtubre desde el 2003 the Latino Commission on AIDS (por su nombre en Inglés) ha desarrollado un día Nacional Hispan@/Latin@ del VIH/SIDA para romper el ciclo del silencio; creando conciencia acerca de como obtener los hechos, la información para hacerse la prueba y tomar acción.
 
En mi experiencia personal haciendo la prueba del VIH y como consejera através del programa de alcance a la comunidad de mi iglesia (Community of Hope, UCC en Tulsa, Oklahoma), nos hemos asociado con agencias locales para tener oportunidades de concientización y para hacer la prueba creando una atmósfera de confianza en nuestra ciudad en lo que concierne al tema del VIH y el SIDA.
 
Le he hecho la prueba a trabajadores(as) de la construcción, madres, padres, niños(as) de 13 años, adultos jóvenes, trabajadores(as) sexuales, hombres y mujeres Hispan@s/Latin@s los cuales decidieron romper con el silencio y tomar acción.
 
Algun@s no estaban segur@s de hacerse la prueba aún así vinieron a hablar y hacer algo acerca de este asunto! 
 
Toma Control! Hazte la prueba del VIH!
 
Llame ahora mismo y encuentre donde usted o un ser querido pueden hacerse la prueba!: http://www.nlaad.org/ 

Lizette Merchan-Pinilla is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at seminary, while working for Community of Hope, UCC (COH) in Tulsa, OK as Justice and Witness Minister.   She is also a member of the United Church of Christ HIv/AIDS Network (UCAN) Leadership Team.  Lizette's full-time endeavors are to promote education within and outside the walls of the church, create awareness, and contribute to the nurturing of the growing Hispanic/Latino population in Tulsa.



 World AIDS Day 2007 

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2007, is an important occassion for building awareness and joining our lives and spirits in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in our communities and around the world. For 2007 and 2008, World AIDS Day will focus on "leadership" under the ongoing theme "Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise." Leadership is one of the most important elements in effectively responding to HIV and AIDS and stopping the spread of this pandemic.

Visit www.ucc.org/health/hivaids and start planning your celebration of World AIDS Day now with AIDS Fact Sheets, worship resources, and other materials that you can adapt for your own setting.

   

   XVII International AIDS Conference 
                                                            August 3 - 8, 2008, Mexico City

This conference will provide many opportunities for the presentation of important new scientific research and for productive, structured dialogue on the major challenges facing the global response to AIDS. Conference organizers are developing a wide variety of session types that meet the needs of various participants and support collective efforts to expand delivery of HIV prevention and treatment to communities worldwide. Central to many of these sessions will be the transfer of knowledge and sharing of best practices. 

In addition to the conference sessions there are a number of other activities, including satellite meetings, exhibitions, the Global Village and the Cultural Programme, that are integral to delegates’ experience at the conference.
For more information about the conference: www.aids2008.org.   

 

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       United Church of Christ HIV/AIDS Network (UCAN)

Health and Wholeness Advocacy Office, Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

700 Prospect Ave, Cleveland OH 44115

216-736-3218         ucan@ucc.org           www.ucc.org/health/hivaids