Kansas: Churches Sponsor Workshop on HIV/AIDS
September 9, 2011
Ten predominantly African-American churches in the Wichita area are coming together this weekend to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The free events -- held at Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia -- begin with a worship service Friday at 7 p.m. A workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will feature Anne Hogsett, a physician at the University of Kansas Medical School -- Wichita, who will talk about the importance of HIV testing and the virus' growing threat to black women. A concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will wrap up the day. "My purpose in doing this is to educate our churches," said Treva Smith, an American Red Cross HIV/AIDS counselor who started the workshops three years ago. The Rev. Eric Snell, pastor of Community Baptist Church, credits past workshops with a slight increase in the number of Wichita residents being tested for HIV. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that persons at high risk of HIV and other STDs be tested every three to six months. For more information about this weekend's events, telephone 316-681-3954.
09.08.2011; Rick Plumlee
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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