Area sorority holds walk to fund HIV/AIDS awareness

The Mobile Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted an HIV/AIDS awareness three-mile walk and Health Fair on Saturday, April  12, at the University of South Alabama Intramural Field Complex. An  awards ceremony was held immediately following the walk. The theme was “Do The Red Thing!”

The members of the sorority hoped to raise $6,000 for the USA Family Specialty Clinic.

Funds raised will help purchase patient education materials for the USA Family Specialty Clinic. Medical professionals at this facility provide medical care to women, children and teens infected with the HIV disease in the Mobile community. Patients receive quality medical treatment in a professional and confidential environment.

According to a report from the Black AIDS Institute in the United States, HIV is still one of the leading causes of death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 44. It’s the leading cause of death for African-American men and women in the previous stated age group.

Many of these young adults were likely infected as teenagers. Half of all new HIV infections are among people under 25-years-old.

For more information, contact Constance Rozier, at (251)533-2016. She can be e-mailed at ckrozier66@gmail.com, or  call Barbara Hodnett, chair of the Physical and Mental Health

Committee of the sorority at 251-478-7921, or e-mail her at bmakihod@bellsouth.net.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is an international public service organization. The local chapter joins members around the country to help eradicate the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. The goal of the local chapter is to raise awareness in the community about the increasing number of people in Mobile with the HIV virus and to support the efforts of the USA Infectious Disease Department.

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