Revitalizing HIV Education in the Workplace

By Rob Banaszak on June 27, 2011 in President's Message

by Mark Ishaug, President & CEO

Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, and since that time we have been taking stock of what we have accomplished, how we have responded to challenges, and where we see the most promise in ending HIV/AIDS.

Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), which gives us another important opportunity this month to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS in America, and to educate ourselves about one of the most significant actions that we can take as individuals in the fight against the AIDS epidemic – getting an HIV test – so we can all know our status.

CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3 million Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t connect to the life-saving care and treatment.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t take steps to prevent transmitting HIV to others.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t be able to end the HIV epidemic.  It’s that simple.

What may not be that simple though, is figuring out where to get more information on HIV/AIDS, and where to find confidential HIV testing   Especially if you live in a smaller community or rural area.

Levi Strauss & Co. came to us at AIDS United to help address this issue for their employees in the United States – many who live in smaller communities.  We worked with them to create an innovative partnership with local AIDS organizations. The goal: to help connect employees with the resources they need to manage HIV/AIDS at work and in their lives – even if they don’t live in a big city.

Starting today Levi Strauss & Co. employees around the country will have access to HIV/AIDS education, testing and care in a new effort called HIVConnect. From our perspective at AIDS United, this effort revitalizes the HIV/AIDS in the Workplace effort in the U.S. – an effort that Levi’s® helped pioneer in the earliest days of the epidemic.

Together with local AIDS organizations and AIDS United partners, the company will train employees in workplaces around the country. This will ensure their colleagues can learn more about HIV/AIDS to fight stigma and discrimination, and protect themselves.  And, most importantly, employees can connect to trusted organizations, ready to meet their needs, no matter where they are.  HIVConnect stands to provide important – and potentially life-saving – information to thousands of Levi’s employees in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS, many of whom might have never had the opportunity or the motivation to seek these resources otherwise.

This is exactly the kind of leadership and initiative we need to be seeing in many, many more American companies.  A revitalization of the workplace HIV/AIDS effort is needed in the U.S. particularly when HIV resources are tight.  And ending AIDS requires we work across sectors to improve access to much needed services.   We are so proud to be working with a company like Levi’s that shares our vision of the end of AIDS in America, and that invests in the well-being of its employees.

This June, AIDS United stands with Levi’s and hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the country in proclaiming that 30 years of this epidemic is enough.  We must work even harder to bring about a new anniversary to actually celebrate: The End of HIV/AIDS.  HIV/AIDS is a winnable battle and you can help us win.  Take the test. Know your status.  Take control of your life.  Be well!

To read more about HIVConnect, click here to read “Unzipped,” the Levi Strauss & Co. blog

Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, and since that time we have been taking stock of what we have accomplished, how we have responded to challenges, and where we see the most promise in ending HIV/AIDS.

Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), which gives us another important opportunity this month to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS in America, and to educate ourselves about one of the most significant actions that we can take as individuals in the fight against the AIDS epidemic – getting an HIV test – so we can all know our status.

Today, CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3 million Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. If we don’t know our status, we won’t connect to the life-saving care and treatment. If we don’t know our status, we won’t take steps to prevent transmitting HIV to others. If we don’t know our status, we won’t be able to end the HIV epidemic. It’s that simple.

What may not be that simple though, is figuring out where to get more information on HIV/AIDS, and where to find confidential HIV testing Especially if you live in a smaller community or rural area.

Levi Strauss & Co. came to us at AIDS United to help address this issue for their employees in the United States – many who live in smaller communities. We worked with them to create an innovative partnership with local AIDS organizations. The goal: to help connect employees with the resources they need to manage HIV/AIDS at work and in their lives – even if they don’t live in a big city.

Starting today Levi Strauss & Co. employees around the country will have access to HIV/AIDS education, testing and care in a new effort called HIVConnect. From our perspective at AIDS United, this effort revitalizes the HIV/AIDS in the Workplace effort in the U.S. – an effort that Levi’s® helped pioneer in the earliest days of the epidemic.

Together with local AIDS organizations and AIDS United partners, the company will train employees in workplaces around the country. This will ensure their colleagues can learn more about HIV/AIDS to fight stigma and discrimination, and protect themselves. And, most importantly, employees can connect to trusted organizations, ready to meet their needs, no matter where they are. HIVConnect stands to provide important – and potentially life-saving – information to thousands of Levi’s employees in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS, many of whom might have never had the opportunity or the motivation to seek these resources otherwise.

This is exactly the kind of leadership and initiative we need to be seeing in many, many more American companies. A revitalization of the workplace HIV/AIDS effort is needed in the U.S. particularl

Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, and since that time we have been taking stock of what we have accomplished, how we have responded to challenges, and where we see the most promise in ending HIV/AIDS.

Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), which gives us another important opportunity this month to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS in America, and to educate ourselves about one of the most significant actions that we can take as individuals in the fight against the AIDS epidemic – getting an HIV test – so we can all know our status.

Today, CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3 million Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t connect to the life-saving care and treatment.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t take steps to prevent transmitting HIV to others.  If we don’t know our status, we won’t be able to end the HIV epidemic.  It’s that simple.

What may not be that simple though, is figuring out where to get more information on HIV/AIDS, and where to find confidential HIV testing   Especially if you live in a smaller community or rural area.

Levi Strauss & Co. came to us at AIDS United to help address this issue for their employees in the United States – many who live in smaller communities.  We worked with them to create an innovative partnership with local AIDS organizations. The goal: to help connect employees with the resources they need to manage HIV/AIDS at work and in their lives – even if they don’t live in a big city.

Starting today Levi Strauss & Co. employees around the country will have access to HIV/AIDS education, testing and care in a new effort called HIVConnect. From our perspective at AIDS United, this effort revitalizes the HIV/AIDS in the Workplace effort in the U.S. – an effort that Levi’s® helped pioneer in the earliest days of the epidemic.

Together with local AIDS organizations and AIDS United partners, the company will train employees in workplaces around the country. This will ensure their colleagues can learn more about HIV/AIDS to fight stigma and discrimination, and protect themselves.  And, most importantly, employees can connect to trusted organizations, ready to meet their needs, no matter where they are.  HIVConnect stands to provide important – and potentially life-saving – information to thousands of Levi’s employees in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS, many of whom might have never had the opportunity or the motivation to seek these resources otherwise.

This is exactly the kind of leadership and initiative we need to be seeing in many, many more American companies.  A revitalization of the workplace HIV/AIDS effort is needed in the U.S. particularly when HIV resources are tight.  And ending AIDS requires we work across sectors to improve access to much needed services.   We are so proud to be working with a company like Levi’s that shares our vision of the end of AIDS in America, and that invests in the well-being of its employees.

This June, AIDS United stands with Levi’s and hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the country in proclaiming that 30 years of this epidemic is enough.  We must work even harder to bring about a new anniversary to actually celebrate: The End of HIV/AIDS.  HIV/AIDS is a winnable battle and you can help us win.  Take the test. Know your status.  Take control of your life.  Be well!

To read more about HIVConnect, click here to read “Unzipped,” the Levi Strauss & Co. blog

y when HIV resources are tight. And ending AIDS requires we work across sectors to improve access to much needed services. We are so proud to be working with a company like Levi’s that shares our vision of the end of AIDS in America, and that invests in the well-being of its employees.

This June, AIDS United stands with Levi’s and hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the country in proclaiming that 30 years of this epidemic is enough. We must work even harder to bring about a new anniversary to actually celebrate: The End of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is a winnable battle and you can help us win. Take the test. Know your status. Take control of your life. Be well!

To read more about HIVConnect, click here to read “Unzipped,” the Levi Strauss & Co. blog

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