Conference on African American women and HIV
by Nancy Larson
ST. LOUIS–African Americans comprise approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, but make up 38 percent of the AIDS cases. In 2003, there were 472 new HIV infections in Missouri — nearly 54 percent of those were among African Americans.
In an effort to address startling statistics such as these, local HIV/AIDS organizations will host a Tuesday, Feb. 5 conference entitled Woman2Woman, focusing on women’s health and HIV/AIDS at Harris Stowe State College. The conference coincides with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day (NBHAAD), Feb. 7.