Sistas Organizing to Survive
Sistas 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.