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Archive for Thursday, January 28, 2010

Douglas County agency to raise awareness about toll of AIDS on black Americans, offer free HIV testing

January 28, 2010

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The Douglas County AIDS Project is raising awareness of these alarming statistics:

• More blacks are living with the HIV virus in America than in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Namibia, Rwanda and Vietnam.

• Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 51 percent of all new HIV cases in the country.

• AIDS is the No. 1 killer of black women ages 25 to 34.

To commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7, DCAP will provide free HIV testing clinics and information:

• Feb. 5, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Kansas University Union.

• Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Lawrence Public Library gallery, 707 Vt.

In addition, DCAP provides free HIV testing by appointment weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 101.

For more information, call 843-0040 or visit the agency's Web site.

Comments

homechanger 4 years, 7 months ago

Does anybody have the date for national caucasion hiv aids awareness day?

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Kelly Johnson 4 years, 7 months ago

Well, World AIDS day is December 1 each year.

AIDS in blacks in America is a very serious issue. There's a DVD put out by ABC called AIDS in Black America and you might be surprised by the info on it.

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Christine Anderson 4 years, 7 months ago

People, protect yourselves, no matter what your race!

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cletus26 4 years, 7 months ago

folks need to start playing smarting or don't play at all.

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4rmSouthern2Midwest 4 years, 7 months ago

I guarantee the HIV rate is higher than most care to believe in the city of Lawrence.....if you've been around the party scene in Lawrence then u might not have a clue. Sex and drugs = HIV!!! The amount of people w/ HPV and other std's in the small town is outrageous. It's just a full circle of disease passing!!!

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Kelly Johnson 4 years, 7 months ago

Part of the reason the infection rate is higher in African Americans is that homosexuality is even more stigmatic in black communities than it is in general. Black men are having sex with other men in secret but maintaining heterosexual relationships for appearances. This is leading to black women becoming infected when they think they are in monogamous relationships.

So yes, in a way, being black & homosexual (male) does raise your chances of infection.

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