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Caribbean Diaspora invited to ““Lets Talk AIDS”” – Wednesday November 1, 2006 at Georgia State University

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“Lets Talk AIDS” Wednesday November 1, 2006 at Georgia State University
University Centre Rm. 460
At 7pm

The word AIDS raises brows and gathers many cringing faces when spoken about in the black communities of our society. Needless to say, the African and Caribbean communities are heavily impacted by this disease. It is time to allow members of the African and Caribbean Diasporas to come together collectively and tackle the issues around this epidemic. Atlanta is home to many individuals from various Caribbean islands and countries as well as several African nations. Thus, it serves as a venue for education and assistance for those who are battling the disease and for those who want to learn how they can help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

United for Jamaica alongside SisterLove Inc. and Georgia State University’s CARIBSA, (Caribbean Students Association) will be hosting “Lets Talk AIDS” A discussion of HIV and AIDS in the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Much of the discussion will address the stigmas and cultural obstacles that hinder the fight against HIV and AIDS within the African and Caribbean communities. The public is invited to join in on this event as panelists from both communities within Atlanta, will be addressing the topic as it relates to their experiences whether they are living with the disease, have lost loved ones or worked in the field of HIV/AIDS. The event will be held on Wednesday November 1st at 7pm in room 460 of the University Center of Georgia State. Individuals will gain a better understanding of the epidemic as it relates to the African and Caribbean populations, issues of treatment and dissemination of the myths and stigmas that handicap the fight against HIV/AIDS within those populations.

SisterLove Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 through a group of women who primarily volunteered within communities of Atlanta, addressing the issues of women’s reproductive health, HIV and AIDS education, prevention and safer sex methods. As a member of the community of colored women, the organization seeks to educate and assist women of various backgrounds and nationalities.

Mission Statement: SisterLove is on a mission to eradicate the impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.

United For Jamaica (UFJ) is a non-profit organization run by a collective of dedicated and progressive individuals looking to do practical projects that impact people in a positive manner. As members of not just the Jamaican, but the Caribbean and West Indian communities, UFJ’s projects serve many and its membership outreach target those who look to serve communities in need, no matter their nationality.

Mission Statement: The goal of United for Jamaica is to foster relationships between committed individuals and interest groups who will join in efforts to better the health, education and living conditions for the citizens of Jamaica, the Jamaican Diaspora and the greater Caribbean.

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