Black Women, Duane Reade & Aids Walk NY 2012 #DReadeVIP

This weekend I rose bright and early to attend the VIP Breakfast for the 2012 AIDS Walk New York.

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This year Duane Reade was the sponsor and they invite me, Yoli and Tineey, 2 other VIP bloggers, to attend the breakfast and also cover the event to highlight the different ways Duane Reade is helping the community be healthier

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During the breakfast it was shared that the number of people who have died from AIDS is 1,700 in New York, 16,000 in the U.S and 1.8 million in the world. Clearly there is a major need for resources and support towards finding a cure.

There was a tent where you can write why you walked and so many people walked in memory of loved ones who's lives have be impacted by HIV/AIDS

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To help provide funding Duane Reade presented a check for 400 thousands dollars to GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. That check helped in a major way to reach the amazing donated amount of $6,014,822.

After the presenting ceremony I was able to speak with Robin Costa. Senior Director of Human Resources at Duane Reade about how the company is providing centers within the community. Check out the video below

As a black women I was excited to hear that. Did you know that African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, but represent nearly 50 percent of the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2001-2004, blacks represented 61 percent of people UNDER 25 diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Black women comprised 67 percent of NEW AIDS diagnoses among women in 2004, and the rate of AIDS diagnoses for African American women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women!

1 in 3 New Yorkers living with HIV is a woman. Of the total number of new HIV infections in US women in 2009, 57% occurred in black women.

As a black mother these statistics scare me. Some of these other black women are moms, which means their children can be born with HIV/AIDS! The need to provide services and educate to black women and the black community is something that Wendy Williams highlighted in her interview with Yoli of Yoli's Green Living.

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Yoli and I were both excited to see how many stars including Wendy Williams came out to support the Aids Walk. We were able to go back stage and see Michae Lurie, Nick Jonas and Keri Hilson among others.

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It was also good to see that Duane Reade supported the Aids Walk event in more then one way. The company had a booth where they provide free blood pressure screenings.

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After that Yoli and I tried to do our part to join the other walkers in the Aids Walk. To be honest we didn't walk ALL the way but we did walk SOME of the way and made it to the finish line. It was an amazing feeling to hear the crowd cheer for the walkers (even us) and be handed a certificate of completion at the end.

Huge thanks to Duane Reade for inviting me and allowing me to share all the different ways they serve the community inside and outside their stores!

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Please Note: I'm part of the Duane Reade VIP Blogger #DReadeVIP program. This Duane Reade #DReade shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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  1. It's scary knowing that our community is being hit so hard with this disease. I didn't realize the high statistics until I read your post. Kudos to Duane Reade for spreading awareness.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  2. This is SUCH a wonderful and comprehensive article -- so much valuable information- not to mention really great video interviews! Duane Reade is beyond lucky to have you on their team!

  3. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. The statistics are scary but hopefully talking about it will lead to awareness, which will lead to funding, which will lead to a cure.