Forum puts spotlight on preventing HIV/AIDS

November 8, 2013
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The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Tau Gamma Omega chapter) will host an “HIV/AIDS and STD awareness forum Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave.

“HIV/AIDS is a worldwide issue with a significant impact on African-American women, especially in the Austin community. This program is an extension of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s national health initiative, which is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Kimberly R. Morton, Tau Gamma Omega chapter president.

The free event, open to all, will include distributing a questionnaire to assess knowledge of attendees about myths and facts of HIV/AIDS. Those who wish to be tested will be included in a gift card raffle.

Free condoms for male and females will be available. Featured panelists include: William Anderson of Hartland Association and Alexian Brothers Health System, and Mama Brenda Matthews from Tap Roots will perform a spoken word.

The discussion will provide Austin’s female residents with education and resources, and there will be onsite counseling. Information about nutrition and living healthy also will be available.

Loretto Hospital will also conduct general health screenings.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an international service organization and the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

The Tau Gamma Omega chapter provides services to communities located on Chicago’s West Side and the near west suburbs of Cook County. For more information contact, Karen Thompson at 1-708-542-0027.

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