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Sistas Organizing to Survive

Sistas Organizing to SurviveSistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) is the grassroots mobilization of black women in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Launched on June 20, 2008, SOS encourages black women to get tested where they live, work, play, and worship. The original goal of SOS was to test 100,000 black women each year by 2010. Since its launch, eight local SOS conferences have been conducted, 4,100 people have taken the online pledge, and over 88,000 black women were tested in 2008. Objectives of SOS include:

  • To educate black women about HIV/AIDS and how other STDs, hepatitis and substance abuse increase their risk.
  • To empower black women to take charge of and control their sexual health.
  • To connect black women to HIV/AIDS resources.
  • To offer tools that enable black women to educate others where they live, work, play, and worship.

Take The Pledge

  • It is with love that I pledge to educate black women about HIV/AIDS.
  • It is my duty to empower black women to take control of their sexual health.
  • I will commit to connect black women to HIV/AIDS resources.
  • I pledge to offer tools to enable black women to educate others where they live, work, play, and worship.
  • I pledge to get tested for HIV and educate my sistas about HIV and encourage them to be tested where they live, work, play, and worship.
  • It is my duty as a SISTA to ORGANIZE to SURVIVE!

Pledge Results

Northwest: 338 pledges
North Central: 296 pledges
Northeast: 665 pledges
Central West: 625 pledges
Central: 2695 pledges
Central East: 557 pledges
Southwest: 643 pledges
Southeast: 3585 pledges
TOTAL PLEDGE COUNT: 9412
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