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Alabama Launches Awareness Drive for African-Americans


AIDS Policy & Law (08.31.01) - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Alabama has launched a public information campaign to educate its African-American residents about HIV/AIDS. The state Department of Public Health's Division of HIV/AIDS is sponsoring the awareness campaign in conjunction with Alabama State University in Montgomery. "It is our hope that by using an array of communications modes and a consistent HIV prevention message, we may continue to increase awareness and decrease infection rates for all people, especially among African-Americans," said Jane Cheeks, director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Division.

The campaign will include culturally sensitive HIV prevention messages delivered through brochures, billboards, radio and television talk shows and public service announcements that will reach across the state, health department officials said. Organizers of the campaign said rising rates of infection among African-Americans in the state constitute a public health crisis. Although less than 26 percent of Alabama's population is African-American, in 2000 nearly 70 percent of newly reported HIV/AIDS cases were in African-Americans. African-American males represented 44.4 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in the state, and African-American females represented 25.9 percent. State health officials said the severe impact of HIV/AIDS on African-Americans and the disparities in health outcomes are evident in almost every county in Alabama.


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