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CHANGE Initiative

In the United States (U.S.), Blacks/African Americans have a higher number of new HIV diagnoses and people with HIV, compared to other races and ethnicities.

Of the approximately 1.1 million people with HIV, African Americans make up 40% of new cases; 54% are Black/African American women and 39% are Black/African American men who have sex with men (MSM).

To address this disparity, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recently launched an initiative, Creating HIV Awareness With Influencing Groups to End the HIV Epidemic (CHANGE), to partner with Black/African American communities and organizations to raise awareness about the impact of HIV, advances in care and treatment, and share available resources.

The CHANGE Initiative will focus on engaging trusted leaders and advocates interested in raising awareness about HIV by:

  • Partnering and collaborating with trusted leaders and organizations in the Black/African American community.
  • Attending and supporting community events that celebrate the culture of Black/African Americans.

Join Us at Upcoming Community Events

  • Baltimore AFRAM: June 17 – June 18, 2023
  • Atlanta Black Pride: September 1 – September 3, 2023
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