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For Release: March 3, 2009
State Health Department Highlights March HIV/AIDS Awareness Activities
March is a month full of opportunities to increase understanding of a disease that affects certain groups of people more than others. Through efforts both nationally and locally, two events will be recognized: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, March 10, and National Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, March 20. These events bring attention and education to various groups throughout the nation about the extreme effects of HIV/AIDS in their communities. It is a time for reflection, learning and action.
Local Events Promoting National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
· Guiding Right, Inc., will host an event entitled “A Day of Health and Beauty” at Central State Massage Academy in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, March 10. This event will promote awareness about the disproportionate impact of HIV among African American women and girls as well as domestic violence. Selected participants will enjoy a day of pampering and education with complimentary wash and curls, manicures and facials courtesy of the Central State Massage Academy. For more information, contact Nina Johnson at Guiding Right, Inc., (405) 733-0771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education, Inc. (HOPE) will create a flier and HIV education lesson for local Girl Scouts and Camp Fire chapters in Tulsa for girls in grades 10-12. Contact Kate Neary-Pounds at (918) 749-8378 or email@example.com for detailed information.
National Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Friday, March 20. The theme for this year is “A Celebration of Life.” HIV is affecting thousands of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. These groups have the third highest infection rates in the United States, despite having the smallest population. This HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will challenge Native people to create a greater awareness of the risks of HIV/AIDS in their communities, to reflect on those who have passed and those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, to call for increased resources for testing and early detection, and to seek support for increasing treatment and care options.
Local Events Promoting National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
· For National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, HOPE will partner with Riverside Indian School at 101 Riverside Drive in Anadarko on Thursday, March 19. Four staff members from HOPE will present an HIV/AIDS education lesson and offer rapid HIV testing to 70 students. Contact Kate Neary-Pounds at (918) 749-8378 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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