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Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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100 Black Women Aspire for an HIV-Free Generation

Pictured above seated L to R: Michele Dugar, Percalee Morris, Mary Miller McClellan, President, Dr. Anita Carman, 2nd Vice President, Monica P. Butler. Standing L to R: Dr. Regina Carson, Machelle Thompson, Esq., Lawanda Holliman, Joyce Epps, Wilhelmenia Miller, Vera Chapman, Dr. Yvonne Corppetts, and Wendy Brawley

Members of the Columbia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter recently turned out in large numbers to highlight their HIV/AIDS initiative at “Historic Columbia’s Jubilee Celebration” and “Palmetto Health’s Women at Heart Health Forum and Exhibition.” The group is continuing its national program priority of raising the community’s awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education and prevention. Information was presented to the attendees at both events.

Current statistics show that in South Carolina, the HIV/ AIDS epidemic disproportionately affects African- Americans compared with persons of other races. Additional data also shows that South Carolina ranks fourth in the country for the proportion (73%) of people living with AIDS who are African American.

Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President, stated that, “According to the most recent data from the Center of Disease Control, HIV infection was the fourth leading cause of death among African American women, age 25-34 and the third leading cause of death among African American women between 35-44 years. The 100 Black Women aim to make a difference and are encouraging all to “Know your Status by Taking the Test and Taking Control! It’s simple and it’s free!”

Among the numerous venues for FREE CONFIDENTIAL HIV/AIDS TESTS are:

SC HIV/ AIDS Council
STD Clinic at 1518 Pickens Street
Columbia, South Carolina
Phone: 803-254-6644

Richland Community Health Care Association Incorporated Richland Primary Health Care
1520 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-799-8407

Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services of South Carolina
2638 Two Notch Rd Suite 108
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-779-7257

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Kershaw County Health Department
1116 Church St
Camden, SC 29020
Phone: 803-425-6012

Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services of South Carolina
2638 Two Notch Rd Suite 108
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-779-7257

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Kershaw County Health Department
1116 Church St
Camden, SC 29020
Phone: 803-425-6012

Richland Community Health Care Association Incorporated Bernice G Scott Health and Human Services Center
120 Clarkson St
Eastover, SC 29044
Phone: 803-353-8741

HIV/AIDS education/prevention is a program priority for the national organization and all NC100BW, Inc. chapters are addressing this epidemic in their respective communities in anticipation of attaining an
“HIV-Free Generation” someday.

Today, the NC100BW, Inc. consists of thousands of progressive women of African American descent who represent 59 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women and girls of color. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of women and girls through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NC100BW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. To address the diverse needs of the community, the NC100BW has developed and implemented many empowerment programs.

For additional information on the Columbia Chapter, please visit the group on Facebook or its website at http://www.nc100bwcolumbiasc.org.

Submitted by Monica P. Butler
Chapter Reporter

 

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