Media Studies Department to Host HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum

Posted by lsuggs | 03/5/2013 10:33 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – The Paine College Media Studies Department will host an event to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The awareness program will take place March 8, 2013, 10:30 am in the Candler Memorial Library Ballroom on the Paine College campus.

The ambassador for the Georgia Red Pump Project, Ms. Skyy Banks, will speak about HIV and AIDS awareness.  After the lecture, women and girls will be invited to be photographed on the red carpet.  The image will become a part of the national support day of activities. 

The nationwide observance, held annually on March 10th, will shed light on the disease and will encourage the public to take action and share knowledge in a variety of ways.  Also, focus will be placed on urging all social media platforms to share the facts about HIV/AIDS and how it impacts women and girls.  

HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. In 2010, they made up two-thirds of people who got the disease by having heterosexual sex. African-American women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected. Their rate of becoming infected with HIV in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and girls. 

For more information about the forum, please contact Tracy V. Council, Assistant Professor-Television Broadcast and Film, at tcouncil@paine.edu.  Learn more about the national observance by visiting www.womenshealth.gov.

For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821.8322, or (803) 524.3195.

 


Photo caption: Paine College Media Studies Department will host HIV/AIDS awareness forum on March 8th to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 

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