Young girls came into the HIV and AIDS seminar with their mothers March 10th, but they did not sit together. Mothers were asked to sit at the back of the room so the girls would feel more comfortable participating in the group discussions.
It was all part of the National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS day: Straight Talk Movie Night, geared toward girls 13 to 18 year old.
The girls asked questions, learned the proper way to use a condom and watched a movie on sexual responsibility.
The guest speaker, who was diagnosed with H-I-V in 2003, says prevention starts with respecting yourself and talking to your parents.
Kamaria Gammon who has HIV told the girls, "You need to know your own truths. There are so many things out there that can make or break you, but if you know yourself and know what you stand firm in and believe in, then you won't come down the path of putting yourself at risk for HIV.
Mother Erica Foster says she talks to her 13 year old daughter about sex, but says the seminar was a great way to further break the ice and "It was an eye-opener for me, that you have a 13 year old. You really need to step it up!"
All who attended the seminar were able to get HIV testing.
Organizers say they plan to schedule a part 2 to the seminar soon because there was such a great turn out.
Gadsden County health officials say there will be a HIV and AIDS Awareness seminar on March 26th from 10 to 2 at the Corey field in Quincy.
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