Stigma-Awareness Film, “Thicker Than Blood”, to be Rleased on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) Every year individuals and organizations across the nation participate in National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) to promote HIV education, testing, treatment and community involvement in black communities.

The focus of NBHAAD is to get Blacks educated about the basics of HIV and AIDS and to challenge the mindset and one’s understanding of HIV today so we can take a stand against HIV/AIDS.  Our theme this year is “I am my Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS.”

This year to celebrate NBHAAD in Northeast Louisiana, GO CARE and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will be sponsoring a screening of the film “Thicker Than Blood”. The goal of this film is to dispel myths and increase awareness and knowledge about HIV, homosexuality, and the stigma surrounding these issues; and to encourage discussion that addresses the social, cultural and structural barriers faced by HIV+, LGBTQ community members, and even persons who are unaware of their HIV status.  Highlighting the stigma and challenges of living with
HIV, as well as the often-hidden intolerance of LGBTQ-members in the
Black/African-American community, “Thicker Than Blood” raises thought in the mind and strikes an emotional chord in the heart. 

The screening will be February 7 th held on University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) campus in the student union building on the second floor in the ballroom. The movie starts @ 7 pm and will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Refreshments will be served. After the movie, there will be an hour discussion with our specialist.

This event is for the community and it is FREE. No reservation is needed.

Watch the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SebjzCq-OE&feature=youtu.be