American Indian Youth Group to Perform in Minneapolis to Mark Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 16, 2009
An American Indian youth theater group on Friday will perform in Minneapolis to mark National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is scheduled for March 20, the AP/Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The Ogitchi-dag Players from the Indigenous Peoples Task Force will perform at the city's American Indian Center. According to Minnesota health officials, 193 HIV cases and 81 AIDS-related deaths have been recorded among American Indians in the state since the beginning of the epidemic, and about 100 HIV-positive American Indians live in Minnesota. Mitchell Davis, director of the state minority health office, called for frequent HIV tests and safer-sex practices among the population. He also warned against sharing needles for injection drug use and body art (AP/Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/15).
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