The Impact of Magic Johnson and What has Happened Since He Announced His Status

AIDS, HIV, STDs
We continue to celebrate Black History Month! The first article on this page discusses the impact Magic Johnson's announcement that he had HIV had on one of the editors, who recalls it as a pivotal moment in her life. Here is an excerpt from the article by Deputy Editor of The Root, Genetta M. Adams: "Twenty-five years later, not only is Johnson still here, but he is thriving. A new generation knows the basketball legendary primarily as a savvy businessman whose name is on movie theaters in their neighborhoods, or they know him through his son E.J., who’s become a bit of a fashion icon. But in that time, African Americans have become the racial group most affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In…
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Six Disparities Highlighting the Necessity of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

HIV, STDs
February is Black History Month. February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This article from The Body highlights six disparities that make this day necessary. We must educate ourselves and others in an effort to end them! From the article: "Here are six things you need to know about the epidemic's impact on African-Americans: Black Americans account for nearly half of all new HIV infections each year, despite representing only 13 percent of the U.S. population. Black Americans are at higher risk of HIV exposure, not because they engage in more risk-associated behaviors, but because the prevalence of HIV is so much greater among black communities than among any other racial/ethnic group. While prevention efforts have helped reduce the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among African-Americans over the last…
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Upcoming Public Testing Events

Caring Communities, Department of Health, STDs
Upcoming Public Testing Venues Heat Bar and Nightclub – February 10, 2017 12 Penny Saloon – February 11, 2017 Venture Lounge -- February 17, 2017 Public Testing for Students Bloomsburg University – February 3, 2017 Wilkes University -- February 7, 2017 Penn State University – Hazleton Campus – February 14, 2017 Misericordia University -- February 21, 2017
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