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Town Hall Meeting To Tackle HIV/AIDS in CNY

The skinny:

HIV/AIDS TOWN Hall Meeting: A Call to Action

Tuesday, June 30

MarleyEducation Center

736 Irving Ave

Syracuse

5 p.m.

The Syracuse Black Leadership Commission on AIDS in will host community Town Hall Meeting HIV/AIDS: A Call to Action. Featured Keynote Speaker is Maria Davis, National HIV/AIDS educator. Featured presenters include: Dr. Bruce Silverstein, North Medical Family Physicians, Dr. Henry Chionuma, Internist, and Karen Loftin, Outreach Educator, AIDS community resources. Light refreshments will be served, with entertainment provided by the J Project. A panel discussion and audience Q and A will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Of all the youth in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 19, only17 percent are Black/African American. Yet they account for 72 percent of all new HIV infections. The primary cause of infection in girls 13-19 is heterosexual

sex without a condom. The primary cause of infection in boys 13-19 is unprotected sex with other males.

"It is critical that our clergy, community based organizations, youth and community centers, health

professionals, clergy, educators, and others come out and learn how we can reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and make sure everyone knows their status," says Rev. Chanucey Brown, of the Syracuse Black Leadership Commission on

AIDS.

BLCAs mission:

The NBLCA's mission is to educate, organize, and empower Black leadership, including clergy, elected officials, medical practitioners, business professionals, social policy experts, and the media to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS in their local communities. The NBLCA conducts policy, research and advocacy on HIV and AIDS to ensure effective participation of our leadership in all policy and resource allocation decisions at the national, state and local levels of communities of African descent nationwide.

The NBLCA is establishing affiliates in cities throughout the United States where African-American communities are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including New York City, Nassau County (LI, NY), Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Oakland and Washington, DC. nblca.org

The event is sponsored by the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Syracuse, the Coalition of Urban Pastors, and Crouse Hospital.

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