Sorority’s International Day of Service Focuses on HIV/AIDS
Members and alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on Saturday participated in a nationwide International Day of Service focused on HIV/AIDS education, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The sorority, founded in 1913 for African-American women, decided to focus on HIV/AIDS after reports indicated that HIV disproportionately affects African Americans and African blacks (Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/10). Grand Chapter President Gwendolyn Boyd called on all of the chapters to participate in the day of service as part of "Summit V: Health and Healing -- Let it Continue, Promoting Health and Wellness on HIV/AIDS." Boyd said, "[T]he stability and longevity of African and African-American families are threatened by the increasing number of people who are HIV-positive or have AIDS," adding, "Education and awareness about the spread and prevention of the disease must be offered in a major way because far too many people still believe it can't happen to them" (Wold, Baton Rouge Advocate, 3/10). To mark the event, the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter conducted an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention workshop at a facility for abused women who use drugs (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/10). The Lexington, Ky., alumnae chapter distributed HIV/AIDS literature to area businesses, including barber shops and beauty salons (Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/10).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.