That is the message behind the inaugural National Faith HIV and AIDS Awareness Day (NFHAAD). Islamic Relief USA is co-sponsoring the walk and rally, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 27, in Washington, D.C. CEO Anwar Khan is scheduled to speak at the event.
The event will last from 3 to 6 p.m. It will consist of a prayer walk that will start at the White House and end at Freedom Plaza, where the rally will take place. People will gather at Lafayette Park.
“The time to act is now. The necessity to address HIV stigma in our faith communities is long overdue,” said Khadijah Abdullah, founder and executive director of RAHMA, an nonprofit organizations that works with individuals living with HIV/AIDS. “Together we can do it. National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a Start. One day. Each year. Until We Find A Cure.”
Among the faiths that will be represented are Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and Baha’is. Leaders of many faiths will say prayers and discuss the work their respective communities are doing in addressing the AIDS crisis. HIV testing will take place after the rally.
As of 2014, approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The walk, which organizers hope to turn into an annual event, will raise awareness on the issue.
For more information on the walk, contact Khadijah Abdullah at (203) 508-3999.
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