“Why observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue affecting nearly 280,000 women in the United States. While men account for most HIV/AIDS cases, the impact on women is growing. In addition, research shows that, when compared to men, women face gaps in access and care.” (http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/about/)
As today marks the recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Community Education Group observes the day in part with its annual fundraising event to support the organization’s initiatives to raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. “It’s Time for Action” Bingo Night will raise much needed funds to support CEG’s women’s programs including CHAMPS and SISTA.
The SISTA program at CEG is a CDC approved intervention that is for black women. It is a HIV prevention program talking about general HIV knowledge, condom use and negotiation skills, assertive communication skills, and gender/ethnic pride discussions. CEG currently sees 40 women a year in their SISTA program.
CEG’s “CHAMPS” training program recruits, trains and hires individuals to conduct HIV counseling testing and outreach services. CHAMPS are enrolled in 375 classroom training program and field practicum hours. Participants in the CHAMPS training program receive training in HIV certification and Outreach methods, as well as training in several HIV prevention interventions. Through the CHAMPS program Community Education Group seeks to create both employment opportunities and to increase the number of new voices in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
For more information about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and “It’s Time for Action” Bingo Night or CEG’s initiatives please go to: