Friday, February 24, 2023

National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

Austin Public Health’s Health Equity Unit will be holding activities and events from March 5-12 for the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. This year the theme is Resistance, Resilience, and Remembrance. 

Here are the events that will be taking place this week: 

  • Noon prayer and education – Monday-Friday, March 6-10, Greater Love Baptist Church, 6601 Manor Road. Featuring Pastor Isaac Grant, Jr. 
  • Annual commemorative citywide celebration – Thursday, March 9, Freedom Home Baptist Church, 3405 Oaks Springs Drive. Featuring Pastor Oscar B. Howard Jr. 
  • Reception – 6 p.m.  
  • Worship service – 7 p.m.  

Although, thankfully, HIV is no longer a death sentence but is instead a manageable chronic condition, data in 2023 shows that access to prevention and treatment options is not always evenly distributed.  

The Health Equity Unit fosters healthy conversations to focus on ways to lessen the burden of HIV on marginalized communities, recognizing that such a conversation takes a collective effort to overcome the societal barriers that prevent too many communities from accessing the care that individuals and families need.