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Minnesota AIDS Project invites you to the
2013 Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Brunch:
“Share Knowledge. Take Action.”
March 10, 2013 11am
Cave Vin, 5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis
Join us for a delicious brunch and Silent Auction while learning more about Minnesota AIDS Project’s efforts to prevent HIV in Minnesota and how to support women living with HIV. Minnesota AIDS Project volunteer advocate Annie Elmer will share with us her efforts to educate youth and prevent new cases of HIV, and what you can do to help.
Brioche French Toast with maple syrup
Poached Eggs Florentine
Yogurt with fruit and granola
Orange Juice, Mimosas & Coffee
11:00am Check-in, Silent Auction and Mimosas
11:45am Welcome & Brunch
Silent Auction Closes
12:30pm Annie Elmer: Share Knowledge. Take Action.
1pm Closing and Thank You
Why observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. Through 2009, there were 188,668 adult and adolescent females living the U.S. with HIV. Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, males have accounted for the majority of new HIV infections diagnosed each year in Minnesota. However the number and the proportion of cases among females have increased over time. In 1990, males accounted for 89% of new HIV infections. In 2011, 75% of new infections occurred among males and 25% among females.
Diagnosed with HIV in 1990, Annie Elmer was told she likely had three healthy years to live. Initially, Annie shared her diagnosis and her doctor’s grim prediction with only her family and a few close friends. Five years later, however, she shared her diagnosis publically to a group of more than 200 co-workers and today, more than 20 years later, she continues to tell her story with the intent of preventing new cases of HIV. “I simply had to deal with the situation on a personal level before making it a public one,” Annie says, “For the longest time, I could not say what was on my mind every day. After I shared my story, people would come up to me to show their support. The support from my coworkers was amazing.”
Annie contracted HIV through unprotected sex with a man. She recalls going alone to get her test results and riding the bus home in semi-shock. After the shock and numbness wore off, Annie beganlearning what the diagnosis meant for her and building her new life. Minnesota AIDS Project has been a partner in Annie’s journey from her first call to the AIDSLine for information and legal assistance in 1990. In recent years, Annie’s involvement with Minnesota AIDS Project has shifted from client to volunteer advocate. Annie serves on Minnesota AIDS Project’s speakers bureau and as a Positive Leader, and she recently testified before the Minnesota State Legislature in support of the Health Insurance Reform and the expansion of Medicaid to cover more low income adults with health insurance.
Our Silent Auction will include restaurant gift certificates, floral arrangements and HIV Instructor Training.
Special Thanks to Cave Vin (www.cave-vin.net), Roger Beck Florist (www.rogerbeckflorist.com), Annie Elmer (www.annieelmer.com)