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March 10th marks National Women’s and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the YOUR Center in Flint is hosting their 8th Annual Women’s and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference! “Healing, Restoring, and Taking Back the Power,” will be held on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 from 8:00am – 3:00pm at the Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle, located at 930 E. Myrtle Ave. Flint, MI, 48505.

Last year, we had a blast. Everything from sexual health workshops to free STI screenings was available and this year will be just as empowering! So, take a quick second and register here by March 4th, 2013.

 

Here’s 8 reasons why HIV/AIDS Awareness is important:

  • Every 91 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV
  • Young people ages 13 to 24 account for 26 percent of all new HIV infections
  • Every month, 1,000 young people in America become infected with HIV, an incurable infection that costs $400,000 to treat over a lifetime
  • Only 13 percent of all high school students and only 22 percent of sexually active high school students have ever been tested for HIV
  • Only 35 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 are reporting ever having been tested for HIV
  • Black women accounted for 64 percent of new AIDS diagnoses among women ages 13 and older in 2010
  • More than 6 in 10 new HIV infections among Black women and Latinas were among those ages 13–39 in 2009—over one third were ages 13–29
  • Women are most likely to be infected through heterosexual means

Bettina Campbell, MSW, is the Executive Director of YOUR Center and the co-Principal Investigator of the PRC/MI’s core project HOPE: HIV/AIDS Outreach, Prevention & Education.

 

We HOPE to see you there!

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