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Keep the Promise

Citywide HIV testing events honor Stephanie Tubbs Jones

8/20/2013, 6:03 p.m.
In this Call & Post archive photo from December 7, 2006, showing her support for the “Take Charge. Take the Test.” Campaign and World AIDS Day, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, right, receives an HIV test from The Free Clinic’s outreach specialist Johnnena Wagoner. (PHOTO BY ERIC BENSON)

CLEVELAND — Advocates, community leaders, organizations, faith leaders, women and their partners from the Greater Cleveland area will join forces in ‘Keep the Promise on Women’— a day of HIV testing and mobilization on Thurs., Aug. 22. The events will kick off with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at RTA’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center (2110 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115). Meanwhile, at six locations throughout Greater Cleveland, free HIV testing, education, and awareness events are taking place.

Spearheaded by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC), an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Keep the Promise to Women honors the memory of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the late Congresswoman who represented Ohio’s 11th District, and whose commitment, compassion and bravery placed her at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention and care during a time when stigma prevented many in the community from being tested.

‘Keep the Promise to Women’ follows four prior ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ events led by AHF that were intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment: the inaugural ‘Keep the Promise’ March on Washington held in July, 2012, when a coalition of 1,432 organizations from 103 countries came together before the XIX International AIDS Conference to call for more global HIV/AIDS funding.

That event was followed by three subsequent regional Keep the Promise marches in Georgia (Atlanta, November 2012), New York (Brooklyn, April 2013) and Ohio (Cleveland, May 2013).

‘Keep the Promise’ events bring together local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials that the fight against HIV/AIDS is not yet won.

Free HIV Testing Sites and Times for ‘Keep the Promise to Women’ Events in Greater Cleveland include:

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

13944 Euclid Ave, East Cleveland, OH

The Free Clinic

12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106

Care AllianceHealth Center

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

1530 St. Clair Ave., NE, Cleveland 44114

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 44103

Lakewood Park, Women’s Pavilion

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

14532 Lake Avenue, Cleveland 44107

Call & Post Newspaper

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

11800 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44120

“Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ leadership left a legacy that continues to inspire” said Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. “I am proud to stand with community partners who are working to promote early detection and treatment. HIV is preventable and we support adequate funding for prevention programs particularly aimed at women, gay youth and communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Congress must reauthorize Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, known simply as the Ryan White Care Act. This important legislation provides funding for medical care and helps to ensure access to treatment for all Americans. It has my vote. We ask you to stand with us on these issues and take the first step to getting tested. Keep the promise to women, those you love and yourself.”

Partners and Partner Organizations in ‘Keep the Promise to Women’ include Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, State Senator Nina Turner, State Rep. Nickie Antonio, City of Cleveland Health Department, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County, Care Alliance Health Center, The Free Clinic, Call & Post, State of Ohio Department of Health and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland/AIDS Healthcare Foundation