1K Campaign!

The 1K Campaign!

The 1K Campaign!


NAESM has accepted the challenge, will you?


Atlanta, Georgia, May 17, 2016 – Over the past few months, we have heard many statistics that have generated several immediate calls to action. These statistics have continued to show the importance of how we must include routine HIV/STI testing coupled with other prevention tools in our lives regularly to reduce HIV transmission. If current HIV transmission rates continue as it pertains to black gay men specifically, 1 in 2 will become HIV positive in their lifetime. Though these numbers are demoralizing, we, the community have the necessary tools to change the narrative and create change! As one of the leading organizations in Atlanta shifting the narrative, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to launch the “1K Campaign”. The 1K Campaign is a pledge that is dedicated to testing 1,000 individuals for HIV by National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27th. This also includes linking newly diagnosed individuals to medical care within 30 days.

“I asked myself, is this achievable, when I originally drafted the 1K Campaign.” Darwin Thompson, NAESM’s Executive Director questioned. “I looked at it again and said, yes it can be achieved. We have the necessary tools and readily available resources to not only make this campaign impactful, but to succeed in achieving the goal of testing 1,000 individuals. But we cannot do this work alone! The recent statistics have generated a national call to action, so we are asking all community based organizations, federally qualified health centers, PLWHA (People Living With HIV/AIDS), community activists, government officials and last, but not least friends and family members to accept the challenge and strive to get 1,000 individuals tested in your local area by National HIV Testing Day (June 27th). Now is not the time for us to operate in silos when it comes to this epidemic. We need to stand united with a common mission…which is the elimination of HIV within the community. NAESM has accepted the challenge, will you?”

There are multiple ways individuals can get involved in this campaign. Individuals and agencies can get involved by:
• Accepting the 1K Challenge and posting the flyer on their social media platforms.
• Volunteering at a local CBO to assist in outreach/testing efforts.
• Making a one-time monetary donation to a local AIDS Service Organization to help in the HIV/AIDS fight.
• Encouraging individuals to get tested and know their status.
• Working with individuals who are not linked or engaged in care to become more active and engaged in their care

The mission of NAESM is to provide national and local leadership to address the myriad of health and wellness issues confronted by Black gay men through advocacy, services, and education. NAESM is a financially solvent service organization with a supportive leadership structure and diverse board of directors that builds a community of Black gay men to eliminate HIV and other health conditions that disproportionately affect our community. NAESM fosters a climate of trust, integrity, and respect that encourages the provision of quality services.


For more information on The 1K Campaign or if you are interested in accepting the challenge please contact Damon Johnson at damonj@naesm.org or (404)691-8880(ext. 46).

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