Fashion show brings awareness to HIV/Aids

Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 9:48 PM EST
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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- According to the Department of Health, more than 75% of new HIV infections reported in Leon County in the past five years have been from black communities.

To recognize National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day, Florida State University put on a fashion show to help bring to light several issues.

Leon County has the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the state. Officials say a big problem among college students is the lack of education.

"A lot of them just don't know what they can do to have safer sex, and so part of the goal of events like this is to spread awareness, reduce stigma and teach them how to have safer practices," said Kelly Grove, the Sexual Health Coordinator at FSU.

Students from FAMU and FSU competed against each other in the fashion show. Community members were also on hand to help pass out contraceptives and other materials to help educate students.