The NAMES Project Foundation - with support from Merck - recently launched the "Call My Name" national tour to bring attention to the distressing trajectory of the HIV epidemic in African American communities in the United States.
The tour, which includes creating new panels for the AIDS memorial quilt and offering educational workshops in 10 high-prevalence cities, revives the legacy of quilting-as-activism to commemorate African American lives lost to the epidemic and to strengthen access to treatment and care for these communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., African Americans represent the largest racial/ethnic group of those newly diagnosed with HIV.
Through collaboration with historically black colleges and universities, the Black AIDS Institute, policy makers, faith leaders, and pioneering AIDS activists and organizations, Call My Name brings African American communities together for the common purpose of fighting HIV.
For more than 25 years, Merck has sought to make a difference in the fight against HIV through research, access programs and global partnerships. We are committed to the long-term battle against this disease.Learn more about the many programs and partnerships Merck supports around the world to help address the challenge of HIV/AIDS.
The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. View the display schedule.