Partner Spotlights feature the work of organizations who are committed to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and reducing HIV stigma. Each of our partners has a unique story to tell. Learn about our partners, their efforts in their communities, and how the Together campaign and resources supported their work to stop HIV.
Southern AIDS Coalitionexternal icon (SAC) is a network of government, community, and business leaders working alongside thousands of individual members to prevent new HIV transmissions and build a better South for people with HIV. SAC is dedicated to ending the trends in HIV in the South through intersectional advocacy, capacity building assistance, leadership development, research and evaluation, and strategic grant making.
Founded in 2001, SAC has spent over 20 years addressing the HIV prevalence in the South. SAC works to increase access to high-quality health care, reduce HIV stigma, and ensure people are connected to routine screening and prevention services. They provide no-cost trainings and technical assistance to community-based organizations, government agencies, and individuals so that leaders have the resources and solutions to address the HIV and AIDS incidence in the Southern United States. In collaboration with national partners, SAC conducts research on the effect of HIV and uses that research to develop evidence-based solutions for their advocacy networks. As a Gilead COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Center, SAC also provides community grants to organizations across the South that address HIV stigma and improve the health of people with HIV.
SAC partners with the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign to provide communities in the South with resources and information on HIV prevention. For National HIV Testing Day 2020, SAC joined the Together campaign to host a community conversation on Facebook Live about HIV and testing. This year, for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), SAC and the Together campaign will join other partners in a series of community conversations about HIV and its effect on Black communities in the South. SAC is one of many partners that uses Together campaign materials to connect people with information on HIV testing, prevention, and treatment, and on reducing stigma and discrimination.
Learn moreexternal icon about Southern AIDS Coalition and how to get involved in their efforts.
The national nonprofit HealthHIVexternal icon, based in Washington, D.C., works to ensure that everyone—including underserved communities—can access high-quality health care. HealthHIV works to prevent HIV and hepatitis C, support people who are living with the virus, and protect access to health care. The organization has created a network of health care and service providers, state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and others, which has made HealthHIV a valuable partner for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
HealthHIV uses CDC’s wide range of HIV campaign materials to engage and support the LGBT community and communities of color in its education programs, health services research, and outreach to communities and health care professionals nationwide. “We regularly use Let’s Stop HIV Together materials in our own communication vehicles,” says Brian Hujdich, executive director of HealthHIV. This includes posting memes that promote HIV testing on social media, as well as sharing additional materials, like awareness day content, on the organization’s website and through its email listservs.
HealthHIV also uses CDC campaign resources in its capacity building, technical assistance, training, and leadership training programs. Its HealthHIV ASO/CBO Leadership Training and Certificate Program™ uses CDC materials in its curriculum for training the next generation of HIV-prevention leaders, including young adults entering the field and individuals transitioning out of executive positions who want to guide the next generation. Working with CDC has given HealthHIV opportunities to build more connectivity and extend the reach of its messages to non-traditional partners.
During the summer of 2019, staff working on CDC’s Start Talking. Stop HIV. effort, which aims to reach gay and bisexual men with HIV prevention messages, provided technical assistance to an organization called Living Wallsexternal icon. The goal of the project was to encourage conversations about HIV in Atlanta through a series of events that were led by Atlanta-based artists, scholars, activists, and LGBTQ+ organizations.
These events were so popular that the organization utilized the series as inspiration to make a mural on their own. Five Atlanta-based artists that had been impacted by HIV were commissioned by Living Walls to paint the mural, and more than 100 people celebrated its unveiling on August 31. The mural was nominated for and won a POZ Award from POZ Magazine in the category of “Best in Performing and Visual Arts.”
The submission titled, Transformation Tunnel, highlights a colorful outdoor mural proclaiming “We Are All Thriving with HIV!” on an overpass of a popular urban walking trail called the Westside Beltline in historic southwest Atlanta. Learn more about the POZ Awardsexternal icon.