Raising AIDS & HIV awareness in South Mississippi

Raising AIDS & HIV awareness in South Mississippi

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Raising awareness about AIDS and HIV was the focus of a special presentation Tuesday at the Gulf Park campus of USM.

"In the South there's a lot of stigma still attached to the virus. So, we're here to try and dispel myths and make it general so people have sincere information and education so we can remove the stigma that's placed on HIV," said Theresa Youngblood, South Mississippi AIDS Task Force Director.

Youngblood was a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Alliance for Equality group. She shared information about preventing the spread of HIV and encouraged students to get involved in raising public awareness and education. Youngblood said too often there's are misconceptions or false stereotypes regarding HIV and AIDS.

Many of the students were surprised to learn that Jackson, Mississippi has the fourth highest rate of AIDS among all metropolitan areas in the United States.

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