Department of Health holds screening to spread awareness

1 year 5 months 4 days ago Sunday, February 12 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:49:00 PM CST February 12, 2017 in News
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services recognized National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a film screening and discussion on the AIDS epidemic in black America Sunday.

The department screened the 2006 documentary "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America." Public Health and Human Services wanted to show the documentary even though it is over 10 years old.

"The reason why we're showing it is it has some pretty drastic statistics about HIV with black Americans, and about 10 years have passed and the statistics have not changed very much," HIV Health Educator Erika Holliday said. "The goal is to talk about why that hasn't changed and what moves we can make as a community to get things going."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, black people accounted for 46.1 percent of the total number of HIV cases in the United States in 2006. In 2015, that number was 45 percent, despite the fact that black people only made up 12 percent of the population. 

One of the reasons why these numbers haven't changed, according to the documentary and people attending the screening, is because no one has really wanted to talk about it.

"The problem is we don't talk about this issue because we have medications that are available for people that are living with HIV, so there's a perception that you get this disease and it's a manageable condition," Sheila Grigsby, the founder of Faith Communities United, said. "People are leaving out that this is still a 100 percent preventable disease, that you don't have to get it, and it's based off the choices that you make."

One of those communities is the church community. Grigsby said churches need to do more to spread awareness and to provide support for the people of their church.

"Many congregations have not been that home and been welcoming," Grigsby said. "The first thing I think congregations can and should do is to have an open space or an open place for members of their family who are affected, not necessarily infected but affected that they can come and talk about this issue."

The department said this is one of the reasons the event was held on a Sunday, as opposed to the actual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which was Feb. 7.

"[Churches] are very important and popular with the black community," Holliday said. "Especially with church communities, it can start an uprise and be a leader in fighting the HIV epidemic."

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Loop CID met with the Planning and Zoning Committee Thursday night to discuss future plans for Business... More >>
27 minutes ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN) - President Donald Trump hopes to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington this fall, White House press secretary... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Planned Parenthood advocates demonstrated a mock health care waiting room in Governor Parson's office Thursday. The... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has charged a former Greenville city clerk with stealing more than... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:07:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State conservation officials say six black bears have died after being hit by vehicles in Missouri... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:02:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
ALBANY (AP) — Prosecutors say a northern Missouri man and woman subjected an 11-year-old girl to nearly a year of... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:54:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A police detective and an official with the U.S. Marshals Service are recovering after being shot... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate have been indicted on multiple felonies following a... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Florida man suspected of shooting a trooper is hospitalized in... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:19:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A new study released Wednesday by Climate Central found conservation farming practices can help promote healthier soil and... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation to present... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to clarify his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers Wednesday afternoon, hours after... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:33:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Four National Handball Champions are coming to Columbia Saturday. Wilson’s Fitness on Forum Boulevard is hosting its... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:35:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MARIES COUNTY - At the City of Belle Fair, officers arrested a sex offender carrying a stun-gun Wednesday night. ... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:47:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:33:33 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:28:02 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Run-down buildings, scuffed up sidewalks and empty lots are what people first see when they exit off I-70... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:23:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
9pm 78°
10pm 76°
11pm 75°
12am 74°