Thursday, February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Centers for Disease Control say that, although blacks make up just 14% of the national population, they account for about 44% of all new HIV infections.
Here in Ohio, Blacks make up just twelve percent of the population but account for almost half – 49% of all new HIV infections. So, health organizations around the country, including Ohio, say they’re mobilizing to encourage populations of color to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.
Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 4, 2011 containing the following stories:
-Jerry Kenney speaks with Bill Hardy, Executive Director of AIDS Resource Center Ohio about World AIDS Day and where we are with HIV/AIDS research.
-Jerry Kenney speaks with Deena Hummel, admissions advisor with Antioch University Midwest, and Judy Wherry, director of adult and continuing education at Urbana University about adult learners in higher education.
For years, the Rubi Girls have entertained local audiences, and audiences around the country. In their twenty years together, it's estimated they've helped raise several hundred thousand dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention and research. We spoke with them recently about their history and the fun they have working for a serious cause. Here's part of that interview.