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Know. Act. Rock.

Today, we are excited to kickoff Women’s History Month by launching our 9th Annual Rock the Red Pump® campaign. Since the beginning, supporters like you have tweeted, posted, and shared photos and information to help us educate the women in our lives and fight the stigma that continues to surround HIV. And, many of you have done so while rocking some fabulous red shoes.
However, #RocktheRedPump has always been more than a fashion statement. It is a call-to-action for women and girls to know the facts about HIV, take the appropriate steps (act), and own the decisions that we make regarding our bodies and our health (rock).
Know. Act. Rock.
It’s that simple. From now until National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), we will be mobilizing our networks to stand fiercely in the face of stigma, judgement, and shame and counter those forces with facts, support and sisterhood. And, we want you to join us! After all, the more, the powerful.
Here are some things that you can do to show your support. Others are listed here.

  • If you’re a blogger, sign up for the 2017 #RocktheRedPump Campaign!
  • Register your house of worship to participate in Red Pump Sunday on March 12.
  • Post educational statistics to your networks about HIV. (Need some starters? We have you covered.)
  • Download the square button below and post on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter), including the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.

 

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Cupcakes, Condoms, and You?

This month, Cupcakes & Condoms® will roll into Charlotte, Fayetteville (NC), Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Women and teen girls are invited to join us for a FREE event packed with female condom demonstrations, dialogue about ways to foster healthy intimate relationships, and delicious desserts. To get additional details about each event, visit the respective pages below.

Is your city not on the list? Drop us a note to suggest where we should go next.

Rock the Red is BACK in a New Venue!

Our signature fashion show and fundraiser, Rock the RED, will is back for the 8th year in a row and will be taking place in Chicago on Saturday, March 18 at Chez (247 E. Ontario, Chicago).
Tickets are on sale now and we hope that you will join us for an evening of style and awareness.
Thank you to our sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chez, and Michael Stars.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email info@redpump.org for additional information.

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Our financial support is key to ensuring that The Red Pump Project can maintain its efforts to bring important conversations about HIV to the forefront for women and girls in our communities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today via our fundraising page.
Donate Now

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥
P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.

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Are You Ready to #RocktheRedPump?

We are.

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and we are asking you to #RocktheRedPump with us! While we want to see your fabulous footwear, we also want to hear from you on why HIV is an important issue in your lives. Our goal is to encourage women of all ages feel empowered to talk to their networks about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.

Here are five things that you can do today to show your support.

1. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tell us why you #RocktheRedPump.

2. Wear red shoes (pumps, sneakers, whatever) on March 10, upload pics of you in red shoes to social media, and use the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.

3. Read today’s post on our blog, in which we share why every woman needs to add HIV testing to their to-do list.

4. Make a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to accomplish our mission and increase our impact.

5. Download the square button below and post on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter), including the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.

                      

Join Us for Cupcakes & Condoms

This past weekend, we hosted Cupcakes & Condoms in Charlotte, NC. Now, we are preparing for our next two events which take place in Atlanta and Washington D.C. If you are in either of these cities, join us for an afternoon of free desserts and dialogue about how HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) impact local women.

#RocktheRed Returns for the Seventh Year!

Our signature fashion show and fundraiser, Rock the RED, will take place in Chicago on Saturday, March 19 at Loft on Lake (1366 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL). Tickets are on sale now and we hope that you will join us for an evening of style and awareness.

Thank you to our sponsors: AIDS Healthcare FoundationAT&T, Walgreens, Michael Stars, Tees in the Trap, and the Nigerian American Professionals Association.

Our financial support is key to ensuring that The Red Pump Project can maintain its efforts to bring important conversations about HIV to the forefront for women and girls in our communities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today via our fundraising page.
Donate Now

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥

P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.

World AIDS Day……

Red Pump to recognize World AIDS Day with three December events! 
 
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Reflections on World AIDS Day

Red Pump joins individuals and organizations around the world to recognize World AIDS Day. While we use this day to remember how HIV/AIDS has impacted the global community, it is also a day that gives us hope. Due to new treatments and increased prevention efforts, we know that we are getting closer to a world without AIDS.
Although we #RocktheRedPump every day, today we do it for the 16 million women worldwide who are living with HIV. As you commemorate World AIDS Day, please take the time to share a statistic, promote an organization doing great work, or show some love to a woman you know has been impacted by this disease. We promise to do the same.
 

Introducing Red Pump Stories

The Red Pump Project is excited to launch Red Pump Stories, an content series documenting the narratives, struggles, and successes of women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Read the first profile on Kecia Holden on our blog, written by Veronica Appleton. 

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Upcoming Events

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December 1 (Dallas, TX): 
Condoms and Conversations, an evening of candid co-ed conversations and sexual health discussions, will feature female and male condom demonstrations, thought-provoking dialogue and poetry from incredible artists. To RSVP for this free event, visit the event page here.

Contact: Goody Goode-Howard (goody@redpump.org
 

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December 6 (Charlotte, NC): 
The 6th annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair is happening in Charlotte on December 6. This event effectively fuses fashion and philanthropy to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among women. The Affair will include live entertainment, a silent auction, runway show and more. For tickets and more information, visit the event page here.

Contact: Jameka Whitten (jameka@redpump.org
 

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December 10 (Chicago, IL): 
Join us on December 10 in Chicago for Behind the Red Curtains: Monologues on HIV. Red Curtains addresses the impact of HIV/AIDS through spoken word and story-telling. Confirmed performers include HIV advocates David Robertson and Sanford Gaylord, along with HBO Def Poet M’Reld Green. For tickets and more information, visit the event page here.
Contact: Karyn Brianne Lee (karyn@redpump.org)

The Red Pump Project

It’s time to #RocktheRedPump for NWGHAAD.
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The Wait is Over! The #RockTheRedPump Campaign Returns for Another Year!  

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s our favorite time of year at The Red Pump Project. Today is the day that we kick off our annual Rock the Red Pump® Campaign in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on March 10. 

Sign up for the campaign here and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for details on how you can get involved with our weekly actions around HIV awareness.

 

New on the Red Pump Blog
 

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RED PUMP TRADEMARKS
By The Red Pump Project

We are always so excited by everyone’s support and willingness to #RocktheRedPump but there are some important things that we ask you to keep in mind concerning our nonprofit and the images and phrases we use. So before we kick off our campaign, we would like to give you five things to keep in mind concerning the use of our logo and trademarks. Read More.

PROMOTING CONSISTENT AND EFFECTIVE BIRTH CONTROL PROMOTES FREEDOM OF CHOICE!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Bedsider.org. All opinions belong to the author.
By Veronica Appleton, MA 

Talking about sex, birth control, sexual reproductive health and any other topic involved in women’s issues creates discourse and evolving changes in perspectives. One of the greatest gifts in life is the freedom of choice and voice. Read More.

Upcoming Red Pump Events

Join us for an interactive evening of cocktails and conversations about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in our community. 

*NEW DATE* Washington, DC (February 20)

Join us on the evening of March 22, 2014 in Chicago, IL for the 5th annual  “Rock the RED” Fashion Show to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day AND to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Red Pump Project. Tickets go on sale this week!

 

Recent News

Bringing the topic of HIV awareness to women of color. Our co-founder Luvvie Ajayi was featured on BET.com discussing the importance of our work, safe sex and awareness. Check out the story, and let us know what you think! Read More.

In midlife women with HIV, thinking skills take biggest hit from anxiety. Hot flashes, depression, and most of all, anxiety, affect the thinking skills of midlife women with HIV, so screening for and treating their anxiety may be especially important in helping them function, according to a study just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  Read More

 

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥ 

P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.
 

The Red Pump Project 2014

Find out what The Red Pump Project has planned for 2014
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It’s All About Love! 

Love is in the air!  Love for ourselves and our bodies! Join us February 14 for the ultimate Valentine’s Day celebration–our virtual launch party to kick off our annual Rock the Red Pump® Campaign in honor of National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. Expect lots of online fun, great information and more.  We can’t wait! 

New on the Red Pump Blog

USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HIV/AIDS WORK: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
By Veronica Appleton, MA 

We live in a social age, breathe the same air as savvy influentials across the country, and speak the language of many women across the world who desire to have their voices heard. Each day young women are actively engaged in their communities through discussions at neighborhood block clubs, student activities on campus, in-class, at church and other youth programs to create change for the future. Read More.

Upcoming Red Pump Events

Join us as we commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for an interactive evening of cocktails and conversations about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in our community. RSVP:

Atlanta, GA (February 8)

Dallas, TX (February 13)

Washington, DC (February 13)

Join us on the evening of March 22, 2014 in Chicago, IL for the 5th
annual  “Rock the RED” Fashion Show in commemoration of annual
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Rock the RED will
also be a celebration of the 5th anniversary of The Red Pump Project!

 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. Learn more by visiting nationalblackaidsday.org
 

 

Recent News

Researchers open door to new HIV therapy. A structural biologist and cell biologist have identified a new target for possible anti-AIDS drugs that would complement the current cocktail of drugs used to keep HIV in check. The target is a protein that interacts with an HIV protein, Nef, that slams the door to other viruses once a cell is infected. Read More.
 
Meet Hassan: HIV Counselor Reaches the Hard-to-Reach Communities in Nigeria. Riding donkeys, motorcycles, and bicycles and walking along rugged roads for long distances are just a part of Hassan Mohammad’s daily routine. Hassan is a community health extension worker and team lead of the HIV Testing and Counseling Unit at Tsafe General Hospital. Tsafe is an area located in Zamfara state in northwest Nigeria. It has several remote communities with an estimated population of over 90,000 people who have little or no access to hospital care. Read More

NIH research network finds many youth have high levels of HIV. More than 30 percent of young males who had sex with other males and who were subsequently enrolled in a government treatment and research network were found to have high levels of HIV, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The health status of the study participants, who ranged in age from 12 to 24 years, was monitored as part of their participation in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN)..Read More. 
 

 

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥ 

P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.

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