The National Aids Awareness Day

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I attended my first Aids Awareness rally/campaign on Tuesday.  LeMoyne Owen College Community Development Center (LOCCDC), a nonprofit organization specializing in community development in the  SoulsvilleUSA area of Memphis, TN, along with the Shelby County Coalition to Eliminate Syphilis/Memphis Health Center hosted its First Annual HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, at 915 E McLemore Ave in the new Towne Center across from Stax Museum. There was live entertainment, give-a-ways, free food and free HIV and STD testing to the public.

The National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day began in 1995, under the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), an AIDS organization that believes in making a difference in the lives of all people in our community. The Day was started to promote the importance of early diagnosis and HIV testing. The June 29th SoulsvilleUSA event gave individuals the opportunity to get tested, gain knowledge of the dangers of this disease, how to avoid it and access to resources for help.

The National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day began in 1995, under the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), an AIDS organization that believes in making a difference in the lives of all people in our community. The Day was started to promote the importance of early diagnosis and HIV testing. The June 29th SoulsvilleUSA event gave individuals the opportunity to get tested, gain knowledge of the dangers of this disease, how to avoid it and access to resources for help.

I must say I was really impressed by the turnout & the infromation that was shared. I’m sure many are still thinking this is a gay man’s disease or it could never happen to me. I’m sad to tell you that no one is immune to this disease. The only way to be assured that you have not contracted AIDS/HIV is to get tested. I took advantage of the free testing & got stuck in my arm with a needle to find out my status.

Please don’t have the attitude that this could never happen to me…Know your status!

I want to publicly thank Joy Turner of LOCCDC for spearheading & organizing this event to educate & inform the citizens of Memphis & Soulsville. The sponsors of the event were: Shelby County Coalition to Eliminate Syphilis/Memphis Health Center, Tonya Dyson, Stax Museum, Salon de Sol, King Cotton Hot Dogs, St. Jude, Volunteer State Helathplan, TennderCare, LifeBlood, Sunrise Program, Blues Project, Porter Leath, & HealthSpring.

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About PK

A wife, mother, sister, and aunt. I scrapbook for a hobby. I am a business woman that owns two businesses. I love to talk & meet people. God is working in my life. The mission of this blog is to strengthen marriages. Marriages are the nucleus of our communities and we must nurture and strengthen marriages in order to transform our communities.

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  1. Big ups to all the seventy plus community minded and aware indidvudals who were brave enough to get tested. IN 2010, we all should “know our status” and should be mindful of the effects thet we have on other poeple who lives we impact on a daily basis.

    This was a trememdnous event and just shows what can occur in a community when people come together for a common cause and to fight a devasting disease that we impalling our community. Thanks to Pam for this blog, thanks to LOCCDC and Joy Turner for helping to organized this events, thanks to Memphis Health Cneter and all the parntners who participated in this GREAT event.

    Stay Involved… Stay Connected!

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