HIGHER DIMENSION CHURCH TACKLING HIV/AIDS AMONG THE YOUTH IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY!

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A public luncheon was held Thursday in Houston to kick off a collaborative effort to address HIV and AIDS among the youth in the African American community.

Higher Dimension Associate Pastor Nickcole Byrd will spearhead the effort that will begin with a major launch in February. 

Here’s more in the effort to save lives:

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Mark your calendars and set the date! February 7, 2013 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV and AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities, more disturbing is the rising number of cases in our black youth.  In 2009, young blacks accounted for 65% (5,404) of diagnoses of HIV infection reported among persons aged 13–24 years.  Also disturbing is that about 60% of youth with HIV do not know that they are infected and can unknowingly pass the virus to other.  It’s time to reboot the conversation about this devastating disease so we can make a difference… and there’s no better time than February 7th!  On this commemorative day, Blacks are encouraged to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS.

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While Blacks represent approximately 14% of the U.S. population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the group accounts for 44% of the nation’s new HIV infections.  In its thirteenth year, NBHAAD organizers remain focused on all cities where Black communities are disproportionately impacted and the epidemic is not slowing.  Some of these cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Trenton and Washington, D.C.  
Higher Dimension’s Office of Community Empowerment  will participate in this national effort and seeks to combat those devastating statistics with its LOVE SICK: Real Talk Session with BET’s 106 and Park Host Miss Mykie and Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Higher Dimension D-Spot Community Center from 4pm to 6pm, will launch its AMPED Saturday Service for Students 6th through 12th grade. The Love Sick Session will be a talk show format hosted by Miss Mykie to create a conversation around sex among teens and HIV prevention awareness.

This explosive outreach effort will be an evening of rocking bands- featuring N.Y.A, live DJ- Houston’s very own D.J. WHIZ,  a I-phone 5 giveaway and opportunity to be in a drawing for an all expense paid trip to New York to be a part of the live studio audience for BET’s 106 and Park Show.

In an effort connect with community, On Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 10a.m. to 6p.m. the Higher Dimension Office of Community Empowerment will offer FREE HIV Testing at the D-Spot Community Center in Room 212.

Currently, NBHAAD is directed, planned and organized by Healthy Black Communities, Inc.; an international community based organization focused on health education and disease prevention in Black communities that works with local, regional and national partners to mobilize communities and address specific issues in regards to local epidemics. 

For more information on the Higher Dimension’s Saturday Amped Service contact Nickcole Byrd, Project Director at nbyrd@higherd.net or for more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit www.blackaidsday.org