HIV educators to provide answers about epidemic in Indiana during forum Thursday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 23, 2015) – Educators and State Health Department officials will provide answers to the public about the HIV epidemic affecting parts of Indiana.  During a special program Thursday, they will push for more people to get tested in order to prevent the continued spread of the disease.

The 11th Annual Statewide HIV Program will take place between 10 a.m. and noon at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Organizers say they want to get the right information out to people in order to make sure they know what to do to protect themselves.

“Right now the disease is shifting where younger people are becoming HIV positive, and that’s something we can do something about,” said Tony Gillespie, Director of Public Policy and Engagement for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.  “The face of HIV/AIDS changed and it began to disproportionately impact minorities, primarily African Americans and Hispanics.”

According to Gillespie, there 50,000 new infections each year nationwide. He said it is crucial emphasize the continued threat of the virus.

“We each play a role in this prevention, we each play a role in this epidemic and we have to take our place in it,” he said.

Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School is located at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Indianapolis.

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