Addresses HIV/AIDS Among African-Americans
by Jon Garbo
In response to rising rates of HIV within the African-American community, the African-American AIDS Policy and Training Institute (AAAPTI) opened its doors on October 27th in Los Angeles. The institute will broadly address HIV and AIDS issues within the African-American community, including prevention, advocacy, and treatment.
The facility includes offices, classrooms, an exhibition area, and a computer lab with high-speed Internet access. Classes on nutrition, HIV prevention and treatment, yoga, and computers will soon be offered. The facility is also home to the African-American HIV University, the AAAPTI’s two year fellowship program designed to train African-Americans about HIV transmission and prevention.
"People of color must learn how to make our voices heard in the fight against HIV/AIDS," said Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). "We know we can do it -- our struggle for civil rights proves that. But our people need to learn the ins and outs of HIV/AIDS and how to make our voices resonate. That's what this center is about."
Updated: Monday, 30 October 2000
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