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Indiana: Local Nonprofit Executives Get Theatrical to Spotlight HIV/AIDS

March 1, 2013

Lisa Terry, director of the AIDS Task Force of Northeast Indiana, has written and is directing a skit that will educate women about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Several women executive directors of area nonprofit organizations will act in the skit, including Becky Weimerskirch, executive director of Community Transportation Network; Nancy Lorraine, executive director of Turnstone; Debby Beckman, president and chief executive officer of the YWCA of Northeast Indiana; and other volunteers from nonprofit agencies. Some of these executive directors are in a support group together, and they willingly volunteered to participate when Terry asked them.

The one-act drama, titled "The Birds, the Bees, and HIV," is set in an obstetrics/gynecology office waiting room, where the women sit in a semicircle and discuss topics such as safe sex and HIV/AIDS in a fun and instructive manner. They will perform the skit at a free brown bag seminar at the YWCA Northeast Indiana branch on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The brown bag event will provide women a chance to find out more about the disease. Following the skit, the audience can take part in a question-and-answer session, submitting questions anonymously if they choose.

CDC data for 2009 indicate that there were an estimated 11,200 new HIV infections among women in the United States, with women comprising 51 percent of the US population and 23 percent of those newly infected with HIV. In 2009, African-American women contracted HIV 15 times more often than white women, while Hispanic/Latino women were infected three times more often than white women.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, contact Sue Hiatt at (260) 424-4908, extension 254, or at

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Excerpted from:
News-Sentinel (Ft. Wayne)
03.01.2013; Ellie Bogue

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