Annual AIDS Awareness Events
AWP plans and implements community-wide events and activities that strengthen its name recognition and engages AWP in coordinated efforts to mobilize community participation designed to draw attention to the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Among these are:
- World AIDS Day: December 1st – AWP plans and is involved in a series of local events and activities scheduled each year on December 1st to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and communities of color. AWP conducts HIV testing, distributes condoms and safer sax materials, and shows health related videos and offers food and refreshments to the community at large.
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; February 7th – Each February 7th, Amethyst sponsors a commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to draw attention to the glaringly disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Educational videos are shown, food is provided, HIV testing is offered, and speakers are invited. Safer sex supplies are provided, HIV prevention literature is distributed and community awareness is heightened.
- National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: October 15th – Each October 15th AWP commemorates National Latino AIDS Awareness Day to draw attention to the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino community. For the entire day, AWP opens its doors, provides for Spanish cuisine, encourages HIV testing, features Latino music and entertainment, distributes prevention information and safer sex supplies and celebrates the contributions of the Latino community to American life.
- National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS: Second Week of March – With the support of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), Amethyst Women’s Project works with local Black churches to sponsor the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS in March of each year. Public awareness of the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS in communities of color is heightened during church sermons, resource distribution and information sharing, prayer vigils, HIV testing and prevention education activities.
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10 – Every March 10th, AWP gathers community residents, women living with HIV/AIDS, their children and community residents in a celebration of National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day. Speakers, testimonials, videos, HIV testing, male and female condom demonstrations, and dissemination of prevention information mark the day’s activities. Food and refreshments are served and the role of AWP in preventing the spread of HIV in South Brooklyn is considered.