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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2005

HIV/AIDS crisis among blacks topic of Feb. 7 events

Kansas City’s black leaders and organizations will respond to the impact of HIV and AIDS on the black community Feb. 7 at Penn Valley Community College, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, as part of the fourth annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day.

The program’s morning activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and the evening activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a free health fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that will include HIV counseling and testing.

Kansas City, Mo., is one of more than 60 cities across the United States sponsoring programs Feb. 7 to call attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis and seek solutions to halt the epidemic.

Blacks make up approximately 12 percent of the population of the United States. Yet every day, 72 blacks are infected with HIV, accounting for 38 percent of cases in the United States. In 2003, more blacks were reported to have HIV/AIDS than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

“In Kansas City, Mo., 42.7 percent of newly reported cases of HIV/AIDS are in blacks,” said LaTanya Thomas-Patton, assistant to the director of the Health Department.

Local initiatives planned in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day include:

    9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. – Performances from rapper Ole Pete Key of “The Wait Project”

    11:15 a.m. – Proclamation in support of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day and panel discussion of HIV/AIDS prevention

    12:30 p.m. – A conversation with “Miss Laura” from Black Entertainment Television

    5:30 p.m. – Celebrity meet and greet

    6:30 p.m. – Welcome and singing of National Black Anthem

    7:15 p.m. – “Talent of the Next Generation,” a play presented by Calvary Temple

For more information about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day activities in Kansas City, Mo., call the Health Department, (816) 513-6230.

    
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