“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Indiana, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community is egregiously overlooked. Black women and Black gay men continue to be impacted by HIV disproportionately. In 2018, Black women accounted for 51% of women who received a HIV diagnosis, and Black gay men accounted for 44% of men who received a HIV diagnosis across the state. Over the past few years we’ve seen the new HIV infection rates in the Black community continue to rise with little to no response. After several failed attempts to bring attention to this matter, and to afford the “power players” the opportunity to address this issue appropriately it is now time to take this fight for justice to the next level.
The Black Lives AIDS Collective (BLAC) is an allied group of local activists, organizers, advocates, artists, clergy and community leaders whose work embodies REAAP’s commitment to empower the Black community. Through effective collaboration, we endeavor to demand equitable resources to adequately address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities across the state of Indiana. We want HIV funders to know that BLACK HIV LIVES MATTER too!
Through BLAC we endeavor to work across state, religious and political lines to advocate for equitable access to HIV testing, care and funding for Black lives in Indiana.