About the event
An HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Program that combines the time-tested strength of The AIDS Memorial Quilt National Display Program with the compelling feature-length film, The Last One. Together, fabric and film will travel the Nation to inform, inspire and ultimately usher in a new era in HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.
The response to HIV/ AIDS has evolved considerably over the past three decades â€“ thankfully, advances in treatment and care have made for some the vision of a long HIV+ life a reality, for others a dream. Regardless, AIDS is slowly slipping out of the public discourse. This silence poses a real threat to populations at the highest risk for HIV infection.
In the United States, new HIV infections number approximately 50,000 annually.
- 1 in 4 of these new HIV infections occurs someone 15-24 years of age,
- 1 in 5 among women and girls over the age of 13
Early stigmatization of the disease created barriers and today stigma and silence continue to fuel HIV infection rates. Today, there are an estimated 1.2+ million people in the United States living with HIV. An estimated 14% don't know they are infected, resulting in (estimated) 30% of new infections in the United States.Addressing the need
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the internationally acclaimed community arts project that was the original response to the epidemic. The results speak for themselves: Data collected at Quilt displays reveals that the experience is so powerful that between 80%-90% of viewers are motivated to seek further information about HIV/AIDS after seeing The Quilt.
The NAMES Project has an existing network of display program hosts who host Quilt annually - many are now asking for supplemental material for inclusion in display activity. The Last One responds to this important request.HOW
By linking the power of two communication forces—The Quilt and The Last One—The NAMES Project and Red Thread Productions will amplify the powerful lessons each contain giving educators, counselors, community and thought leaders a new combination of engaging tools to use in the classroom and the boardroom, on college and university campuses, in community and government centers and a host of other venues and settings.
The NAMES Project and Red Thread will produce a kick-off series of events in Atlanta connected to The Atlanta AIDS Walk, World AIDS Day (Nationally) and the National HIV Prevention Conference scheduled for December 2015. In 2016 up to 500 select Quilt display sites will be provided with screenings of The Last One.
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