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African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS Set

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 14, 2008  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher,(502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 or 4012  

 Event Designed to Empower Communities to Reduce Disparities in HIV/AIDS 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) 13th Annual African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS will focus on prevention when it comes to Lexington in September.

Sponsored by DPH’s HIV/AIDS branch, the conference, “Prevention is Power!,” will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, at the Holiday Inn Lexington-North, 1950 Newtown Pike. A pre-conference faith-based institute and dinner will be on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The conference is designed to draw attention to and help stop the spread of HIV. Attendees will receive valuable information on HIV/AIDS education, information dissemination, technical assistance, HIV testing and medical updates, in an effort to mobilize African-American and Hispanic/Latino community leaders to join the fight against the epidemic. Conference attendees will be provided with the skills and knowledge to return to their communities and implement effective interventions aimed at stopping the spread of HIV.

Information gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities have been greatly affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more so than other races and ethnic groups. For example, CDC data shows:

−African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos represented 68 percent of the estimated new HIV infections diagnosed in the United States in 2006.

−African-Americans comprised only about 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2006, yet accounted for 49 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.

−In 2006, Hispanics/Latinos comprised 15 percent of the total U.S. population, but accounted for 19 percent of new AIDS diagnoses and 19 percent of all people living with AIDS.

−In Kentucky, African-Americans represented 7 percent of the state’s population, yet made up 36 percent of new HIV infections diagnosed between 2005 and 2007.

−Hispanics/Latinos comprised 2 percent of the state’s population, yet accounted for 6 percent of new HIV infections diagnosed between 2005 and 2007.

Registration for the conference is $25 ($15 for students). Late registration is $30 after Aug. 15. Attendees can register online at Late registration will be accepted at the conference on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. 

Clergy and faith communities are invited to participate in the free faith-based institute and dinner, conducted by the House of Vision of Chicago from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Holiday Inn Lexington-North. For more information, please contact Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick, HIV/AIDS branch, DPH, at (800) 420-7431 or (502) 564-6539 (ext. 3558 and 3560 respectively).


Last Updated 8/14/2008