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Florida: "Poignant" AIDS Exhibit Visiting Volusia County

February 11, 2013

Beginning February 14, Daytona State College will display the HIV Project Mobile Art Exhibit. The display features photographs of Floridians with HIV, their journal entries, videos, and free testing, in an attempt to humanize HIV. One Ormond Beach resident called the exhibit "quite poignant," stating that the exhibit gets to the heart of putting a face with HIV.

A project of the Florida Department of Health, the mobile display has circulated around the state with stops in Orlando, Jacksonville, and South Florida. The display emphasizes disparities in the disease, making stops at the African-American Museum of the Arts in DeLand and Bethune-Cookman University. Although recent progress has been made, blacks are more apt to both contract and die of AIDS. CDC has identified several contributing factors for the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the black community: a stigma against HIV and homophobia, economic barriers, lack of insurance, and social instability caused by a high incarceration rate for black men.

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