National Black/HIV AIDS Awareness Day

HIV and AIDS are major issues for the black community.

Today hundreds of students came to FAMU. All for the Capital City Youth Conference and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For three years now, the conference has brought attention to the disease.

"And because we do have so many young individuals who are not familiar with the disease, the different signs and symptoms of the disease, this is more like an educational forum so that they can become more aware of the diseases in the community," says professor Monekka Monroe.

"They didn't know the impact the different decisions could have on their life. And the fact that we had a lot of people who brought their personal experience to the table, that helped to deliver the message," says Vaughn Benton, a FAMU student.

Monroe says the biggest message of the forum was practicing safe sex. And using protection. She says a great emphasis was put on abstinence as well. The forum will continue tomorrow.

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  • by Gerry on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM
    HIV is a major issue for whites too.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    HIV is blood borne. How does this happen during sex?
  • by David Location: Georgia on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    Now that Obama has promised free contraceptives, watch the HIV/AIDS and other STDs rise! Take responsibility for your actions, people!
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      by Gerry on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM in reply to David
      Money is stolen from whites to treat blacks with HIV
  • by DoHuh? Location: Jasper on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    Sooooooooooo.....HIV doesn't affect any other race?
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      by Based on the story on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM in reply to DoHuh?
      No, only blacks have HIV. Enjoy your segregation.
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs. READ AND HEED.
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      by Master of My Domain on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:12 AM in reply to God Bless America
      Maybe, but I get tired of the hair growing out of my palms.
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        by God Bless America on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:20 AM in reply to Master of My Domain
        Be careful and safe.
  • by Curious on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:38 AM
    All those long hours spent in church sure seem to have paid off handsomely in terms of community development, don't you think? Single parent households, unwed and teenage mothers, drugs, violence, disease. Sunday mornings, evenings and weeknight sermons are predictable - as our the outcomes.
  • by Mr. Sarcasm Location: America on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    Well, the free birth control obama ia pushing should fix this for you all.
  • by sheesh on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    It is because they are so prolific,,,,they have unmarried sex more than whites
  • by anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    "HIV and AIDS are major issues for the black community...Monroe says the biggest message of the forum is practicing safe sex." It's a problem for anyone infected, black or white. We all know about safe sex by now. This should not be a "black" issue.
  • by concerned Location: fl on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    It's sad that when someone has toburculosis that the media let it be known.Why cant it be the same when someone has hiv-aids it shouldn't be a secret it could really prevent this some nobody is going to tell you before they sleep wit you they have it.It should not be kept a secret.And my broters and sisters we need to learn how to be more faithful that could prevent it a lot to
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      by Sorry Concerned on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:59 AM in reply to concerned
      Sorry Concerned, that ain't going to happen. It would cut down the available Obama voter pool.
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        by David on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM in reply to Sorry Concerned
        Keep it at home and read up on the diseases - learn all you can, THEN complain because people are not following the advise of professionals! Everyone is responsible for his / her own actions.
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