Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

Prevention/Epidemiology

Florida: A Reason for Rhymes; An AIDS Awareness Poet Takes His One-Man Show on the Road

May 20, 2005

A year after finding himself bored at a seminar on HIV/AIDS hosted by the Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) student Devin Robinson devised his own way to communicate with young people about the epidemic. The 21-year-old theater major travels the country, performing his original spoken-word poetry about characters who contract HIV, including a football player, an amateur boxer, an inmate, and a self-professed thug.

Robinson has recruited approximately 30 other aspiring rappers, actors and singers in AIDS Awareness Poets (AAP), a student club on campus. Members have attended Red Cross HIV training sessions, handed out HIV/AIDS information and condoms to clubgoers in West Palm Beach, and organized free HIV testing at the college.

Growing up, Robinson said, he and his friends weren't concerned about HIV; instead, they set out "to have as much sex with as many girls as possible." "I didn't think it was that big, it couldn't happen to me, it was only people in Africa," he said.

Advertisement
Although he practices abstinence, Robinson and AAP frankly discuss condom use in their presentations. AAP and Robinson have appeared before South Florida gay and lesbian groups and performed for about 100 public school students at an annual teen summit sponsored by Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward County. Recently, the group appeared at the Ryan White Youth Conference in Nashville and at the National Youth Leadership Council Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Back to other news for May 20, 2005

Adapted from:
Miami Herald
05.15.2005; Ashley Fantz


  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

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.
 
See Also
More HIV News
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

Tools
 

Advertisement