Wednesday, February 25, 2009

OU students reacting to the lecture by Guiding Right Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi hosted the event.

HIV/AIDS increasing among African Americans 

Earlier today, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. brought in Guiding Right Inc for OU students to discuss HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American communities in Oklahoma at the Scholars Room, third floor of the OMU.

"The state of Oklahoma is ranked 6th in the country for STD," Mark Knight said, outreach health educator for Guiding Right. "This is race we want to lose."

The epidemic has been disproportionate to African Americans. "Forty percent of men newly infected with HIV were black, Knight said. In 2006, black women were newly infected with HIV at a rate of 55.7 per 100,000 populations. "This compared to 3.8 for whites and 14.4 for Hispanics."

Knight also said it has also been more disproportionate to women. "It is easier for a man to infect a woman with HIV than woman to infect a man," Knight said.

Guiding Right Inc. offers free HIV testing at7901 N.E. 10th Street, Suite A-111 Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110.

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