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Florida: Broward Web Radio Station Tunes Audience Into HIV Awareness

August 11, 2011

Internet radio station WHIV offers music and entertainment, but its real mission is to get the word out about HIV/AIDS.

"Welcome to WHIV-Radio Red Hispana," James Perigny, the disc jockey known as DJ Jimmy P, says over the sound of techno music.

A service of Fort Lauderdale nonprofit Red Hispana Florida (RHF), WHIV is broadcast out of the city's ArtServe cultural center using a no-frills studio, microphone, turntable, soundboards, desktop computer, and a hard drive full of music. The station is supported by grants and volunteers, and Perigny estimates he has 2,300 listeners worldwide.

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Segments such as "HIV Headline News" and "Los Doctores" present interviews with health experts and social workers. Partner agencies, including the state's Hispanic AIDS Awareness effort, broadcast public service announcements.

"No one likes to be lectured about sexual health and their sexual habits. But people do like to be entertained," Perigny said. "If you keep people entertained, they're going to learn more from it." He launched the station in 2004 with his partner, Fulgencio Aponte, who died of AIDS-related cancer in December.

RHF sponsors support groups, HIV screenings, and educational presentations at local universities. The services are inclusive but specifically target South Florida's Hispanic and black communities, Perigny said.

"The truth is minorities are by tradition the ones who visit their doctors less," said Perigny. "The women take care of their men, but they don't take care of themselves. There are also disparities because of income."

"AIDS is not in the news like it used to be, so there's almost this out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality," Perigny said. "Hopefully with the 30th anniversary, people will be reminded that there is still a fight going on."

To listen to WHIV, visit www.live365.com/index.live.

Back to other news for August 2011

Adapted from:
Miami Herald
08.09.2011; Laura Figueroa


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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