Apex Herald (03.22.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
Several local residents recently travelled to Durham, N.C., to help raise awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Office on Women’s Health (OWH), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, organized the event in which organizations visited women in the Cornwallis Road Apartments to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. So AttracTiff Hair Studio and Apex-based Partners Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (PASTD) were two of the organizations participating. Beauty and the Bull Spa representatives spoke about the importance of healthy skin care and self-esteem. Tiffany Bagley, the owner of So AttracTiff Hair Studio, provided goodie bags containing jewelry and hair and make-up products.
Green Hope High School Freshman Kyree Holland, Apex Youth Council member, spoke about the “Teen Safe Sex Pledge,” which is part of the dosomething.org campaign. Holland said, “I really just wanted teens to understand the seriousness surrounding HIV/AIDS and teens. I became interested in learning more when my mom shared a [CDC study stating that] 46 percent of North Carolina high school students did not use a condom during their last sexual act.” Holland added that the pledge can be found at the PASTD Web site: http://www.PASTD.org
OWH encourages all to embrace the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day theme of “Share Knowledge. Take Action.” According to CDC statistics, one in five people living with HIV are unaware of their status. OWH hopes the campaign inspires women to get tested and talk with their daughters about sexual health.