Prevention and Education​

  • Get tested every 3-6 months – Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina and Wake County Human Services offer free HIV testing. AAS-C: 919-834-2437.
  • 61% of all new HIV infections happen in men who have sex with men.
  • Transmission rates are rising fastest in women of color.
  • It is estimated that 1/4 of all HIV+ people do not know they are infected.
  • Every 9.5 seconds someone is infected with HIV.
  • HIV transmission rates in the US are highest in the Southeast.
  • HIV cannot be cured, but can be controlled through medications and medical care.
  • HIV+ people can be re-infected with different HIV strains, possibly making medications ineffective.
  • Taking HIV medications before, during and after risky sexual behavior may not reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Hypoallergenic condoms are available for those with latex allergies.

The Current Climate Does Not Look Promising... In the US, 300,000 people are HIV positive and don’t know it. African Americans account for more than half of all new AIDS cases each year even though they make up only 12% of the population, a rate eight times that of whites. The AIDS case rate for Latino men is three times the rate of white men and for Latino women the rate is six times the rate for white women.

Anti-gay violence as tracked by the FBI has increased every year since 1996, ranking gay hate crimes as the third highest hate crime in the US. Every month a transgender adult is murdered in the US. Eighty percent of all gay and lesbian youth report being subject to verbal abuse and 44% report threats of attack. Gay and lesbian youth are six times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts and make up 40% of all homeless youth.

Crape Myrtle Festival is Working to Make a Difference… “The crape myrtle is a flower that blooms in the most oppressive of climates-the heat of a southern summer.” In the most oppressive of climates, Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) works to make a difference. By raising funds through donations and community events, we strive to support organizations in North Carolina that assist people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT communities. CMF has raised over $1 million to benefit more than 30 different service agencies throughout the state.

But, We Need Your Help... We can’t do it alone. The success of CMF depends not only on the individuals who volunteer their time to support this cause, but also on the generous support and donations of sponsors such as yourselves. With your financial assistance, we can continue to honor our commitment to support the numerous organizations that work so tirelessly to help others in need.

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