What we're about
1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS, and each year thousands more become infected—to date, the vast majority of those new infections occur disproportionately in both Black gay and bisexual men and women (cis and trans). According to the CDC, African-Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. Compared with other races and ethnicities, African-Americans also account for a higher proportion of new HIV infections, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS. The DMV HIV/AIDS Meetup was established to provide creative, educational, and socially interactive spaces to discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how we as politically and culturally aware individuals can better understand the impact of HIV/AIDS in our communities, spread factually sound awareness, combat stigma, and serve as catalysts for change in the quest to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. In order to make the most effective impact, this group seeks to engage those most impacted--Black gay men, heterosexual women, and the transgender community. To join this group, you do not have be a part of the aforementioned demographics; you just have to care enough to meet us at the table, actively participate in the conversations, and agree to be an advocate for changing the lens through which we view and address HIV/AIDS and people living with it.