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.
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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.