Oakland, Calif., Conference Targets Black Women for HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention
July 27, 2009
The Oakland, Calif., chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women on Saturday held a daylong conference, "Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS," that addressed HIV/AIDS among black women, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The conference "focused on two issues that might seem contradictory: first, to convince women that they must take special precautions to protect themselves, and second, to let them know that an HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence," according to the Chronicle. Keynote speaker of the conference Tony Wafford, director of health and wellness for the National Action Network, said black women need to be more vocal with their partners about practicing safe sex and getting tested for HIV. Organizers noted that black women also "must address the stigma associated with HIV before they can talk openly about the risk of infection with their partners," the article states (Allday, 7/25).
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