While there have been great strides in the prevention of HIV transmission and care of HIV infection and AIDS since it was first recognized in 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States. In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, S.T.A.R. Foundation recently hosted an event to raise awareness of the health disparities in the black community. According to the CDC, there is a disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African Americans and all people of color.
An event attended by various celebrities that included actress Camille Winbush and Reality TV Star Omarosa, the evening included a discussion about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. A non-profit organization, S.T.A.R. (Success Thrives Around Respect) Foundation uses advocacy to speak through popular youth culture and celebrity icons to effectively communicate “safe sex,” life-saving messages.
Their mission is to provide a foundation of self-respect within girls and young adults through mentoring, educating and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle which incorporates HIV/AIDS & STD prevention. To learn more about the foundation at http://www.foundationofstars.org
Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She serves as the Entertainment Editor for Trendy Africa.
(Pictures of Omarosa and Camille Winbush courtesy of Royalty Image)