The first AIDS Report

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the first AIDS report in the United States. While as a nation we have overcome so much and made many strides during this time. However, as we see continue to see the emergence of such damaging statistics like 1 in 2 Black Gay men will contract HIV in their lifetime now is not the time to be discouraged in this fight or throw in the towel. Today we celebrate the resilience of all the individuals regardless of their sexuality who have been infected or affected by this virus and chose to not let this epidemic define who they were. Today we celebrate the activists who have work so tirelessly to educate the community about this virus when they didn’t completely understand the damaging effects this virus would have on communities especially communities of color. As the Executive Director of NAESM, Inc. I have the upmost faith that we currently have the right people in place, the right leadership, and the right tools to ensure this epidemic doesn’t last another 35 years. So I challenge you today to not stigmatize a person who has contracted this virus but to ask yourself am I doing enough to make sure no one else has to ever worry about contracting this virus. Today I stand in solidarity with all the long term survivors and pledging to each of you I will do my part to help end this epidemic!

Darwin Thompson
Executive Director
NAESM, Inc.

The MARI (Minority AIDS Research Initiative) Study

This study is designed to target African American Men Seeking Men (MSM) in the Atlanta-Metro area and study both the physiological and environmental aspects that influence health disparities, with a heavy focus on risky sexual behaviors that may attribute to HIV and other STI’s. The study is designed for participants to undergo a physical examination that collects samples of body measurements, blood pressure, height, weight, as well as HIV & STI testing. Participants also complete a survey that further assesses how individual and environmental influences may attribute to risky sexual behaviors among African American MSM. This study is collecting specific data in order to gain a better understanding of this cause.

The MARI (Minority AIDS Research Initiative) Study

November 10-November 16– MARI Study Recruitment

November 17– First MARI Study @ NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 19– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 21– MARI Study Recruitment @West End Mall, 12:00-3:00PM

November 24– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 30– MARI Recruitment Event @ Time Lounge, TBA

December 1– World AIDS Day, MARI Recruitment & Incentive Study
 10:00-1:00, Georgia State University
 Morehouse College, Time TBA

December 3– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 5– MARI Study @NAESM, 9:00-1:00
MARI Study Timeline
 9:00-10:30, 3 participants
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:00, Quality Assurance

December 8– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants

December 10-MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants

December 12- MARI Study @NAESM, 9:00-1:00
 9:00-10:30, 3 participants
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:00, Quality Assurance

December 15- MARI Study (MARI Day) @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 17– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 22– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

**December 28– MARI Study @ NAESM, Tentative
December 29- Last Day of MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

If you qualify and successfully complete this study, you will receive a $50 gift card on behalf of NAESM, Inc.