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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.
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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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Red Pump Project: Cupcakes & Condoms

Have You Heard the News?

One of the most common questions asked of us is, “When will Red Pump host an event in my city?” We heard you and decided to take our signature educational program,Cupcakes and Condoms, on the road. This fall, we are hosting the free event in ten cities that we have never been to before.

The first two events are taking place in St. Louis, MO (Saturday, August 20th) and inGulfport, MS (Saturday, August 27th). Additional cities include Houston, TX; Richmond, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Little Rock, AR; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Miami, FL. Details can be found on CupcakesandCondoms.org.

If you’ve never been to Cupcakes and Condoms, here are five things to expect:

1. Desserts. Let’s just get this out of the way. Of course, there will be delicious cupcakes. We are true to our word!

2. Open dialogue about women’s health. Cupcakes and Condoms is a safe space and we want everyone attending to engage in the conversation. We will have a panel of experts talk about everything from HIV/STIs to the importance of testing and ways to overcome stigma.

3. Condom demonstrations. Since our first Cupcakes and Condoms in 2010, we have always opened the event with a female condom demonstration. It is important to us that women always understand and are knowledgeable about options to protect our health.

4. Swag. You won’t leave empty-handed! Whether it is educational information, safe sex kits, or goodie bags, we’ve got something for you to take back home with you.

5. Free HIV testing. Many locations will provide free on-site HIV testing. If not offered in your city, we will be sure to share information on where to find free or low-cost testing in your community. We are proud to champion the importance of #DoingIt.

As always, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information on all tour-related news.

Thank you to the many sponsors and partners who are supporting the Cupcakes and Condoms National Tour. Whether you would like to be involved with a city-specific event or the overall tour, there are plenty of opportunities.

For more information, please contact us at info@redpump.org.

Cupcakes and Condoms:2016 National Tour
Still wondering if you should attend Cupcakes and Condoms? This video might help!

Your 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.

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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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.

 

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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! 

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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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Welcome to 2014!

Happy New Year! We hope that your 2014 is off to an incredible start. This year is particularly exciting for us because we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary in March. It has been an amazing journey thus far and we’re looking forward to introducing new programs and continuing to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on women and girls. 

Next month, we will kickoff our annual Rock the Red Pump™ campaign for the sixth time. It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by, but you know what they say… “Time flies when you’re having fun.” To help us launch the campaign in style, we will be hosting Say RED events in Atlanta (February 8th) and in Dallas and Washington D.C. (February 13th) before our virtual launch party on February 14. Join us as we gear up for an exciting and educational season that leads up to National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on March 10.
 
Save the date and be on the lookout for official information on Facebook and Twitter.

The Red Pump Project 2013

 
We’re about to #RocktheRedPump in Chicago, DC, and ATL this fall. Ready?
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Red Pump Is On The Move This Fall

Summer may be ending but Red Pump isn’t letting that slow us down. It’s been awhile since you heard from us and we have lots of updates to share. Check out these upcoming fall events.

Rocking the Red Pump for Global Female Condom Day

 

September 16th is Global Female Condom Day and advocates across the world will use the occasion to educate women about female condoms and empower them to stand up for their bodies. To commemorate the day, Red Pump is taking part in two events in Atlanta and in Chicago.

Atlanta:

Join our Atlanta ambassador, Skyy Banks, for an afternoon of good eats and an educational discussion with local activist Masonia Traylor on Saturday, September 14. This brunch event will have you energized and ready to join the fight against HIV/AIDS. For more information and to purchase tickets, head on over to our event page.

Chicago:

We’ve partnered with the Chicago Female Condom Campaign to host an intimate discussion with Chicago radio personality Loni Swain on Thursday, September 19th. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and mini-makeover from MAC artists. To RSVP for this FREE event, click here.

Meet Red Pump DC

Red Pump has officially invaded Washington, DC and we’re ready to #RocktheRedPump! Join us on Tuesday, August 27th from 6:30-8:30p at Policy Restaurant and Lounge for casual networking while learning about our 2013 – 2014 programming, including national and DC-based local initiatives from our Ambassador Coordinator Brittani MeninaRSVP here for our first #MeetRedPumpDC event

 
On the 2nd Monday of each month, join Red Pump’s founders Karyn Watkins and Luvvie Ajayi as they host the CAN-TV AIDS hotline, a monthly live, talk show that serves to educate the viewing public about HIV/AIDS. 

Tune in, watch the show AND call in on the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30-6pm CST via livestream online at http://cantv.org/live. Add it to your calendars!

 

Thank you!

We’re incredibly happy we could raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and empower women everywhere to put on red shoes and talk about the issues surrounding the epidemic.

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.