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The Color of AIDS: Bringing “Risk” Up to Date


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HIV/AIDS: Proof Positive of Racial Injustice. Source:ACT-UP Philadelphia

In the United States, HIV/AIDS is no longer just a disease affecting white, gay men. The percentage of cases of women living with HIV has tripled in the past 20 years, and women of color are most affected. Yet outdated perceptions about the epidemic drive government prevention work, from the way data is collected to who gets tested.On this edition, those on the frontlines of the grassroots HIV/AIDS movement bring the discussion about HIV risk up to date. They say generating more relevant prevention models is literally a matter of life and death, especially for women of color.


Silvia Martei, HIV positive woman in Oakland, CA; Naina Khanna, W.O.R.L.D. community outreach coordinator; Silvia Lopez, Co-Founder of the Women Rising Project; Waheedah Shabazz-El, ACT-UP Philadelphia member, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project and Philadelphia FIGHT community organizer/trainer; Kenyon Farrow, Prevention Justice Mobilization Communications coordinator and Queers for Economic Justice board member; Ginger Virago, harm reduction specialist and Saint James Infirmary board member and case worker at “Positive She,” a University of San Francisco program for HIV-positive women; Esther Lucero, San Francisco Native American AIDS Project HIV case manager; L. Nyrobi N. Moss, Sister Love sexual health educator; Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sister Love intervention specialist founder/chief executive officer; Lisa Diane White, Sister Love program manager.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Managing Show Producer: Pauline Bartolone
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Contributing Producer: Noah Chandler
Interns: Samson Reiny, Joaquin Palomino and Elena Botkin-Levy

Bonus Audio:

  • At an October 22nd, 2007 Washington, DC press briefing called “Women and AIDS: Federal HIV-reporting policy and its impact on women,” HIV organizations spoke to the need to make changes in the Centers for Disease Control’s HIV surveillance system:

Colin Flynn, Chief of Surveillance and Epidemiology at the Maryland Dept. of Health and Hygiene’s AIDS administration, presented the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists HIV surveillance position paper.

Carrie Broadus, Executive Director of the Women Alive Coalition, presented the National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC) position paper.

  • Emerging radio producers Renita Pitts and Shanina Shumate created this 10-minute web segment:

Fighting AIDS in Oakland, a report on AIDS and African-American women featuring the voices of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Dr. Robert Scott, Anita Schools of Women Overcoming Life Threatening Diseases (WORLD), Bishop Dr. Yvette Flounder, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

For more information:

Sister Love – Atlanta, GA

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power – Philadelphia, PA

W.O.R.L.D. – San Francisco, CA

Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project – New York, NY – New York, NY

St. James Infirmary – San Francisco, CA

Native American AIDS Project – San Francisco, CA

Truth AIDS – New York, NY

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Atlanta, GA

National Association of People with AIDS – Silver Spring, MD

Philadelphia FIGHT – Philadelphia, PA

Queers for Economic Justice – New York, NY

Additional information:

Black Coalition on AIDS – San Francisco, CA

The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium – Philadelphia, PA

Prevention Point Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

AID Atlanta

Harm Reduction Coalition – Oakland, CA

New York State Black Gay Network

The National Women and AIDS Collective – Brooklyn, NY

For a free video:
HIV Positive Voices – Global, China, Africa, North America


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