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February 7, 2014

Singing for a Cure to observe Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

THOMASVILLE — An evening of uplifting entertainment is on tap Feb. 15 at the McIntyre Park School Auditorium as area choirs begin “Singing for a Cure” at 2 p.m. at an event hosted by Southwest Health District’s HIV/AIDS program. The school is located at 117 Glenwood Drive, Thomasville.

“We and our partners are pleased to offer this concert in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” said Chanel Scott-Dixon, program manager for Southwest Health District’s HIV/AIDS program. “African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Sponsoring organizations include Zeta Amicae Auxiliary; Rotary Club of Thomasville; HIV Early Intervention Services, a program of the Division of Addictive Diseases; Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (Imagine Hope); and the Ryan White program.

“Come out and enjoy an evening of spiritually uplifting entertainment to help enhance awareness about prevention care and treatment among African Americans in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” added event organizer and health district spokesperson Debra Wallace. “`Singing for a Cure’ is free and open to the public.”

Scott-Dixon said educating African Americans about the disease is critical.

“At some point in their lives, an estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection,” she said. “We want them to know how to protect themselves and how to access care and other resources. Our program offers quick, free confidential tests. Also, we want to dispel the stigma around the disease. Singing for a Cure is a wonderful way to help get the word out.”

For more information, contact Debra Wallace, Zeenat Turner or Courtney Woods at 229-225-3996.

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