Amethyst Women’s Project sponsored their annual commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in collaboration with the Coney Island Cathedral. Presentations, free HIV testing and STI screenings were offered to everyone in the Coney Island community, in addition to prevention education, music, games, raffles, free food, and a moving testimonial from a woman impacted by the HIV virus. Dissemination of public health literature and materials was provided by Amethyst Women’s Project and a number of partner agencies who set up information tables at the event. Overall the event was a huge success with 60 attendees and 17 individuals getting tested for HIV, with 6 being screened for STIs.
We'd like to personally thank all the collaborating agencies and community members that assisted us in reaching this wonderful outcome. We look forward to working together again soon.
|Peer Outreach Educator, Sandra, greeting people as they arrive|
|Program Manager, Manuel Dominguez, spoke about health disparities and how the Black community is impacted by HIV/AIDS.|
|Agencies, such as Visiting Nurse Service of NY, set up information tables at the event.|
|Intern, Kailtin O'Connor and Peer Coordinator, Melisa Garber led a game of Community Feud where the attendees were quizzed on their knowledge of HIV transmission|