SU to hold national black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in the Center for Social Research will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
There will be lectures, demonstrations and powerful testimonials at the free event set for Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union.
Many university and community HIV/AIDS organizations will be disseminating educational materials and providing additional services to participants.
The program focuses on a major health problem in the African-American community.
African Americans represent 14 percent of the total U.S. population but account for 44 percent of all new HIV infections.
According to the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Baton Rouge ranks second in the state in estimated AIDS case rates.
It also reported that the case rate for African Americans is disproportionately high in Louisiana, some six times higher than that among whites.