WASHINGTON — The Community Education Group and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services will sponsor a series of community mobilizing events around the country in the time leading up to the International AIDS Conference in Washington next July.
AIDS 2012 will mark the first time that the conference has taken place in the United States in 20 years, and the Road to AIDS 2012 is an official affiliated event of the conference. The event will take place in 15 cities and is designed to heighten public awareness of AIDS 2012, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Affordable Care Act and strategies being implemented to integrate and coordinate prevention, care and treatment.
"We are proud to support the Road to AIDS 2012 and to partner with key groups to increase education and awareness about HIV treatment and prevention," said EVP Ellen Lambert of the Merck Company Foundation, which is donating $500,000 to support the event. "Merck has a decades-long commitment to HIV research and education. Our long-standing support continues through programs like these that generate new ideas and solutions toward the prevention, care and treatment of HIV."
The Road to AIDS 2012 will visit Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Washington and San Juan, Puerto Rico — all of which are sites of the Department of Health and Human Services' 12 Cities Initiative, designed to support and accelerate comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning in areas with the highest AIDS burden — as well as New Orleans; Jackson, Miss.; and Birmingham, Ala.