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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Roland Martin interviews Phil Wilson, President and CEO of the AIDS Institute. Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Days and most people are not aware of the impact of HIV/AIDS on black college campuses in the south.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study in 2012, HIV/AIDS is growing extremely rapidly and particularly among black people. The study shows a rise of incidents in black gay men at 46% ranging in age from 13 to 19.
Wilson said, dollars are not placed where HIV cases most exist and that’s everywhere. “We don’t have infracture in the community today. We are in an AIDS epidemic in the USA.”
Roland Martin asked are HBCU presidents forceful on the HIV/AIDS issue? Wilson responded “It’s uneven because a number are afraid to touch it and don’t want to be known as the AIDS school”.
For more information on National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, community events and test sites visit www.blackaids.org and www.greaterthan.org. Locally in Richmond, Virginia visit the Fan Free Clinic for confidential HIV testing at www.fanfreeclinic.org.