September 10, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter Is Opening Topic of U.S. Conference on AIDS

This post originally appeared on POZ.

The annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened September 10 in Washington, DC, with a breakfast plenary on #BlackLivesMatter. In addressing how the HIV epidemic affects the African-American community, the opening conference also highlighted USCA’s theme this year: “The numbers don’t lie: It’s time to end disparities!”

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D–Calif.) addressed the conference, as did transgender activist Valerie Spencer; civil rights advocate DeRay McKesson of We the Protesters; Valerie Rochester, the director of programs at Black Women’s Health Imperative; and HIV Advocate Martez Smith.

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