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Keep the Promise to Women

Cleveland to ‘Keep the Promise to Women’ August 22nd


Citywide HIV Testing Events Honor Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Late congresswoman’s commitment, compassion and bravery placed her at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention and care during a time when stigma prevented many in the community from being tested.


CLEVELAND (August 15, 2013)—Advocates, community leaders, organizations, faith leaders, women and their partners from the Greater Cleveland area will join forces in ‘Keep the Promise on Women’—a day of HIV testing and mobilization on Thursday, August 22, 2013. The events will kick off with a press conference at 10:30am at RTA’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center (2110 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115). Meanwhile at 6 locations throughout Greater Cleveland, free HIV testing, education, and awareness events are taking place.

Spearheaded by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC), an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Keep the Promise to Women honors the memory of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the late Congresswoman who represented Ohio’s 11th District and whose commitment, compassion and bravery placed her at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention and care during a time when stigma prevented many in the community from being tested.

WHAT:             ‘Keep the Promise to Women’ HIV Testing Mobilization & Media Event
HIV TESTING EVENT: all day, at 6 locations throughout Greater Cleveland

WHEN:             Thursday, August 22nd 2013  —  ALL DAY

WHERE:           10:30am PRESS CONFERENCE:  RTA’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center
2110 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

WHO:      Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D -11th District)
Karen Butler, Director, Cleveland Department of Health
Nina Turner, Ohio State Senator (D – District 25)
Nickie Antonio,Ohio State Representative, House District 13
Tracy Jones, Executive Director, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Other speakers TBD

CONTACTS:    OHIO: Garith Fulham, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, +1.216.621.0766 x 249 (office) / + (mobile) gfulham@clevelandtaskforce.org

‘Keep the Promise to Women’ follows four prior ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ events led by AHF that were intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment: the inaugural ‘Keep the Promise’ March on Washington held in July, 2012, when a coalition of 1,432 organizations from 103 countries came together before the XIX International AIDS Conference to call for more global HIV/AIDS funding. That event was followed by three subsequent regional Keep the Promise marches in Atlanta (November 2012), New York (Brooklyn, April 2013) and Cleveland (May 2013).

‘Keep the Promise’ events bring together local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials that the fight against HIV/AIDS is not yet won.

Free HIV Testing Sites and Times for ‘Keep the Promise on Women’ Events in Greater Cleveland


    • Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center                       09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • 13944 Euclid Ave, East Cleveland, OH
    • The Free Clinic                                                                        12:00 pm to 07:00 pm
    • 12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106
    • Care Alliance Health Center                                       08:30 am to 03:30 pm
    • 1530 St. Clair Ave., NE, Cleveland 44114
    • AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland                                    10:00 am to 04:00 pm
    • 4700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 44103
    • Lakewood Park, Women’s Pavilion                           03:00 pm to 07:00 pm
    • 14532 Lake Avenue, Cleveland 44107
    • Call & Post                                                                  09:00 am to 01:00 pm
    • 11800 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44120

“Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ leadership left a legacy that continues to inspire” said Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.  “I am proud to stand with community partners who are working to promote early detection and treatment. HIV is preventable and we support adequate funding for prevention programs particularly aimed at women, gay youth and communities of color who are disproportionally impacted by HIV. Congress must reauthorize Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, known simply as the Ryan White Care Act. This important legislation provides funding for medical care and helps to ensure access to treatment for all Americans. It has my vote. We ask you to stand with us on these issues and take the first step to getting tested. Keep the promise to women, those you love and yourself”.

Partners and Partner Organizations in ‘Keep the Promise to Women’ include:

      • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
      • State Senator Nina Turner
      • State Rep. Nickie Antonio
      • City of Cleveland Health Department
      • Cleveland Clinic
      • Cuyahoga County
      • Care Alliance Health Center
      • The Free Clinic
      • Call & Post
      • State of Ohio Department of Health
      • AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland/AIDS Healthcare Foundation
      • Recovery Resources

HIV/AIDS in Ohio                                                                                                        

According to a report from Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, approximately 10,000 Ohioans are currently living with HIV, and another 8,600 individuals are living with AIDS. However, these numbers only account for people who are aware of their HIV/AIDS status, and national estimates project 20% of people living with HIV/AIDS have not been tested and are unaware of their status. According to an HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program conducted by the Ohio Department of Health, men were consistently diagnosed at a far higher rate than women between 2007 and 2011 (about 78% men to 22% women).

Consistent with national statistics, HIV/AIDS incidence was highest in Ohio’s African American population, which accounted for over 56% of new diagnoses for each of the five years tracked in the Department of Health report. Rates in the African American community have been slowly but consistently rising since 2007. Also on the rise are rates among youth aged 13-24, particularly among 20- to 24-year-olds, who went from accounting for 1% of new diagnoses in 2007 to 4% in 2011. Though the highest incidence by age was among people aged 45 – 64, those age groups showed a slow but steady decline in new diagnoses over the years studied, a trend that can only be mirrored in the younger demographics through an increase in prevention education.

“Women deserve the chance to stay HIV-negative by receiving preventive education and access to affordable treatment is critical to the wellbeing of our community in Cleveland, Ohio and our nation” said Tracy Jones, CEO of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, an Affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. More importantly, all people living with HIV/AIDS have the right to affordable medication and comprehensive health care.”

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