Durham step show raises HIV, AIDS awareness

Posted February 20, 2009

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— A step show competition was held Friday in recognition of National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day.

Fraternities and sororities from local colleges and youth step teams performed at the event at the Durham Armory.

The N.C. Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch and other groups partnered for the “Life is Worth Saving” show.

Get Real, Get Tested provided free HIV and syphilis testing were available at the event.

More than 32,000 North Carolinians live with HIV, according to DHHS. More than 70 percent of new cases are being reported in the African Americans community.


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  • Phrostbite Feb 23, 2009

    Now, I'm as tired as stepping as anyone, however, this is admirable. Of course they'd have been better served by asking all the steppers to speak to one pre-teen/teen about abstinence & save sex, that's the first line of defense.

  • JaySee Feb 23, 2009

    How much more aware do we need to be? 32000 living with AIDS in this area and we have all kinds of performance events for awareness. Of future AIDS cases, how many were in the audience? Something is askew here. At some point you just have to face the fact that people seeking self-satisfaction will risk their health at all cost. Personal responsibility must get more focus and song and dance routines less focus.