Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day encourages testing

BTL Staff
By | 2010-02-10T09:00:00-04:00 February 10th, 2010|News|

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7, but events across the state will take place during the month of February to promote awareness and testing.
In Kalamazoo, Sigma Gamma Ro Sorority and Community AIDS Resource and Education Services will host the third annual Black Love Event: Preserving Future Generations at FIRE, 1249 Portage St. The event will start at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. The evening is planned social outing for teens and their supporters of the greater Kalamazoo area to be educated about HIV/AIDS. In addition, there will presentations and discussions about teen pregnancy, STDs and making healthy choices. Teens will also be able to showcase their talents through dance, poetry and singing with a focus on HIV/AIDS education, awareness and treatment. Nathan Moore and The Neon Tetris will headline the performances.
For more information, please contact Jan de la Torre by phone at 269-381-2437 ext. 26 or e-mail at jdelatorre@caresSWM.org.
On Sunday, Feb. 13, AIDS Partnership Michigan joins the effort by hosting its second annual Gospel & AIDS Concert at St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph Episcopal Church, located at 8850 Woodward Ave. The church is the second oldest African American congregation in Detroit and located in one of five zip codes in Detroit with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
The event begins at 4 p.m., is free to the public and features several local gospel choirs and performers.
The Gospel & AIDS Concert is a partnership between AIDS Partnership Michigan, APM’s The R.E.C. Boyz Mpowerment Program, Affirmations Community Center and KICK – The Agency for LGBT African-Americans. Free HIV rapid testing will be offered along with light refreshments following the concert.

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