College Students in Georgia Work as Peer Educators to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness Among Blacks
October 16, 2008
Students at Savannah State University are being trained as peer educators in an effort to increase awareness about the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on young blacks in the U.S., the Savannah Morning News reports. Since 2005, a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention has allowed the university's Department of Criminal Justice and Social and Behavioral Sciences to train students to be peer educators in a campus HIV/AIDS prevention program. Peer educators present statistics and films and invite guest speakers who are living with HIV/AIDS to inform students of the effect that the disease is having in the black community. According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, blacks make up 75% of new HIV/AIDS cases in the state but only 30% of the population. In addition, AIDS-related illnesses are the fourth-leading cause of death among blacks ages 20 to 44 in the state.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.