The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has launched a multi-million dollar, five-year partnership with 14 of the nation’s leading African-American organizations, including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc, called “The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative.”

The Stone Mountain-Lithonia Chapter is working hard to be a grant recipient this year and bring more awareness & education to our communities as it relates to AIDS/HIV Awareness.

“The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative” (AAALI) seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African-American institutions to increase HIV related awareness, knowledge, and action within black communities across the United States.

According to a 2009 CDC report African-Americans face the most severe rates of HIV and AIDS in the nation. While blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent nearly half of the 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year, and half of the more than 14,000 AIDS deaths each year. The HIV incidence rate for Black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of White women, and nearly four times that of Hispanic women.