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Is HIV/AIDS A Taboo Subject And Who Is At Risk?

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Carol Poore recalls who is the most at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS and shares how sexual health awareness is being promoted.

Carol Poore:
Hi, I am Carole Poore, President and CEO of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and Southwest Center is well known for providing prevention and education services, wellness services for people that are impacted by HIV and AIDS, and clinical trial research and other non-clinical research to help discover a cure for HIV AIDS.

At Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, we work with a variety of different ethnic groups, age groups and communities and various communities of colors such Hispanic and African American groups have a much bigger stigma about talking about HIV/AIDS because of the cultural backgrounds. It is taboo in some cultures to talk about sexual practices, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS.

In some cultures it’s an embarrassing topic. It’s something never to be discussed, and so this makes it very difficult to broach the topic among some ethnic groups.

Black African American women are seven times more likely to be impacted by HIV and AIDS between the ages of 25 and 45 – seven times more likely than white women.

So that means we have to find ways of getting the message out and one of the big moves nationally in the United States is to approach education through church-based, faith-based organizations, whether it’s the pastor saying something from the pulpit to go get tested or to learn more about HIV and AIDS and it is okay to go and get education, to empower oneself to know about HIV and AIDS, or if it’s a reference to meet after the Sunday school class and get tested, those are new venues that ten years ago you wouldn’t see happening.

About Carol Poore:
Carol A. Poore is president and CEO of Phoenix-based Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the oldest and largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS research, clinical trial and education resource center in the U.S. Southwest. As president and CEO of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Poore leads clinical trial research operations, educators, and a community outreach team including more than 300 volunteers, leading strategy and partnership with the U.S. Southwest’s biomedical research and community-based healthcare organizations.

Visit Carol Poore at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

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