Health and Family Services Cabinet
HIV/AIDS Youth Conference Set
Event Focuses on African-American and Hispanic/Latino Youths
The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) eighth annual African-American and Hispanic/Latino Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS is set for Saturday, April 26, at the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Center, 200 Avenue of Champions, Lexington.
HIV/AIDS has disproportionately affected the African-American and Hispanic/Latino youth communities, accounting for a high percentage of the total diagnosed cases despite their relatively small populations in the United States. Statistics also show a disproportionate impact in Kentucky.
“We hope the conference helps generate new energy, ideas and an increased commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized youth populations, particularly minorities who continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS,” said Sigga Jagne, manager of DPH’s HIV/AIDS branch.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-American teens age 13 to 19 represent only 15 percent of U.S. teenagers, but account for 66 percent of all new AIDS cases reported in 2003 among teens. The data also showed that African-American and Hispanic youth make up around 60 percent and 17 percent of all HIV/AIDS youth cases (aged 13-24) diagnosed from 2001 to 2005 in the 33 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting systems.
The conference is sponsored by the HIV/AIDS branch in DPH and UK’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Center and will provide minority youths and their parents the opportunity to obtain information on youth-specific HIV prevention programs in their region and participate in informative breakout sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
This year’s keynote speaker is Tyler Termeer from the Ohio AIDS Coalition, an advocate of youth-related HIV/AIDS issues. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and many prize giveaways will be provided. The top three winners of the statewide essay contest, “How can I be a Youth Advocate for HIV/AIDS in the state of Kentucky?” will present their essays during the conference.
For more information, please contact Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick, HIV-AIDS branch, at (800) 420-7431 or (502) 564-6539 (extensions 3558 and 3560 respectively).