Tampa Bay Online (02.19.13)
On March 2, a volunteer committee of community members and social service providers will sponsor a workshop called “Beyond Survival: Honoring Women’s Resilience, Spirituality and Sexual Health.” Held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month and National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day on March 10, the workshop will provide women an opportunity to build self-esteem and support their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The workshop will include speakers, health screenings, information booths, snacks, and confidential, free HIV testing, which will be done in a separate room from other health screening for diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Grace Terry, chair of the organizing committee for the event, is a member of the faith-based Subcommittee for Connect 2 Protect, an organization that aims to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS to vulnerable girls and women in Central Tampa. Terry declares, “One of the messages is making HIV testing routine. There is a lot of stigma about getting the test.” The workshop will take place at the Center for Manifestation, 3102 1/2 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, Fla., and is for ages 13 and older.