Kansas: Church to Hold HIV/AIDS Workshop
June 4, 2009
HIV/AIDS education is being embraced wholeheartedly by a traditional African-American congregation in Wichita. Tabernacle Bible Church is collaborating with community partners and other churches to stage a two-day HIV/AIDS awareness and abstinence education workshop this weekend.Adapted from:
"Silence can be deadly," observed Tabernacle pastor the Rev. Lincoln Montgomery.
The event will feature gospel recording artists DeWayne Woods and the Men of David Praise Singers. Health-related activities will include testimonials from HIV-positive persons, educational workshops, and HIV testing.
State health officials, who are helping to organize the event, praised the churchs action. "When we have the leadership step up, it sends a strong message to the congregation about the crucial nature of HIV," said Sharon Goolsby, director of the state health departments Center for Health Disparities.
As of June 2008, blacks were estimated to comprise 27 percent of Kansans living with HIV and 23 percent of state residents with AIDS, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
06.03.2009; Christina M. Woods
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.