On December 3, the Akron AIDS Collaborative held a World AIDS Day Community Forum, hosted by the Northeast Ohio Regional Advisory Group at the Akron Urban League. The event was sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Presenters included: Lillie Jackson Tisdale (President, National Association of Black Social Workers), Naimah O’Neal (The Ohio Working Group for HIV Decriminalization), health care professional Ted Thompson, and Kate Boulton (Staff Attorney, Center for HIV Law and Policy).
The forum focused on advancements in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, including the science of HIV transmission, as well as the role of stigma in undermining an effective public health response to HIV. Presenters also described the state of the law in the Ohio, recent prosecutions, and current efforts at modernization. The role of Ohio’s Criminal Justice Recodification Committee was also highlighted. Attendees included representatives of the Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Thank you to Steve Arrington for his dedicated work to make this event possible.