Terry Angel Mason
Named Guest Speaker for Black Women's Network Organization’s HIV/AIDS Event
Mason will be discussing why
there is an increase in HIV cases among Black women and what can be done about
the rising epidemic
Los Angeles, CA- June
8, 2012 - Since HIV/AIDS came on the scene 30 years ago, the deadly disease has
had a devastating impact on African Americans. Once thought of as a gay, white
male disease, the new face of AIDS is black. Black women have become the
leading group of HIV/AIDS cases; surpassing Caucasian women, Asian women and
Latina women. According to www.WomensHealth.gov,
women account for about 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of
these newly infected women, about 2 in 3 are African-American. Most of these
women got HIV from having unprotected sex with a man.
According to Amfar.org:
- African Americans and
Hispanics represent 26 percent of all women in the U.S. but they account
for 82% of AIDS cases among women.
- African-American women have
an HIV prevalence rate nearly 15 times that of white women.
The Black Women’s Network Organization, located in
Inglewood, CA, is determined to educate women about HIV/AIDS prevention. They invited international speaker, HIV/AIDS
activist, and author Angel Mason, to speak at their event, which takes place on
June 9, 2012, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Rogers Park Auditorium, located at
400 West Beach Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302. At the event, Mason will be addressing what
black women can do now to protect themselves against the virus. He will also
discuss his own experience and triumph over the disease and how to live an
empowered, healthy life with the virus.
According to Mason, “HIV/AIDS is having a devastating impact
on Black women in Los Angeles and around the world. Many women don’t know the
status of their partners, and simply aren’t protecting themselves consistently.
Education and getting tested is vital to stopping the spread of this disease.
My goal is to inspire, motivate, and encourage black women to get tested and to
know the status of all of their partners.”
A survivor of full blown AIDS, Mason has been a guest
speaker at many events, including San Diego Neighborhood House & San Diego
Urban League’s National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Harold Washington College’s “A
Matter of Global Survival.”
A renowned author, Mason recently penned and published an
inspiring and empowering article called Miracle on Grape Street, which recounts
how he overcame full-blown AIDS and cancer, and rose to fame as a beloved
activist, speaker, and author. View the article here: http://www.care2.com/news/member/221549481/3338021
Selected by Real Health Magazine as the advocate of the
month and selected as the Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day national spokesperson
for 2012, Mason is the Pulitzer nominated author of Love Won’t Let Me Be
Silent. His sophomore literary release, They Say That I Am Broken,
is regarded as one of the most highly anticipated books of 2012, and is
expected to be nominated for similar literary awards.