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Montgomery County’s Teens Are “Getting Real and Going In”
Montgomery County’s Teens Are “Getting Real and Going In”

 

The following information was sent to us by Denise Dixon:

 

The African American Health Program (“AAHP”), whose mission is to eliminate health disparities and improve the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County, is coordinating a forum for Montgomery County African-American teens between the ages of 13 to 17 on sexual health and responsibility. The forum will offer teens the opportunity to discuss openly the influential factors that lead to high-risk sexual behaviors with life-threatening consequences including HIV/AIDS, other sexual transmitted diseases (STD) and psychological distress – “getting real and going in.”

 

This event will be held in February in recognition of Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and is a follow-up to AAHP’s HIV/AIDS Testing By the Hundreds campaign. The campaign encourages community leaders and County residents to become advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and promote HIV testing.

 “It is dire that our teens have the resources they need to help them avoid bad decision-making at a critical time in their path to adulthood,” said Darlene Coles, program director for AAHP. “Early intervention activities are key to reducing the growing number of STDs and HIV diagnoses in our community, County and beyond.”

 The forum will take place Wednesday, February 8 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community and Recreation Center in Silver Spring. Several organizations are partnering with AAHP for this event including Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Gap Busters Learning Center, RaC3 Inc., Radio One Inc.’s WKYS, Teen and Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), Street Wize Foundation and GOALS Inc.

 For more information about the teen forum or the Testing by the Hundreds campaign, visit www.onehealthylife.org or contact Denise Dixon, AAHP outreach specialist, at (301) 421-5459 or ddixon@betah.com.

 

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