Spa, partners group team up for HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

Partners Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases along with Beauty and the Bull Spa donated their time and services for a worthy cause, the ladies in Cornwallis Road Apartments (Durham Housing Authority) March 9 in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Holly Douglas (Beauty and the Bull Spa) spoke to the young ladies on the importance of healthy skincare, and its tie to  self-esteem so that risky sexual behaviors can be something they can easily say no to.
Several businesses donated materials (Massage Heights-Streets of Southpoint Mall;, Whole Foods of Six Forks Road, Raleigh; So AttracTiff of Apex;, Pretty Hands & Feet By Meka; Relax on the Go; Mary Kay Consultant (Lakia Washington); The Durham Bulls; Target, Beaver Creek; Cheese Cake Factory-Crabtree Valley Mall; BJ’s-Cary; SnagNC and many more).
Durham County has the fourth highest rate of HIV in N.C.
Hoping to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and Teens, Kyree Holland, a freshmen at Green Hope High School in Cary also participated in this day. Kyree spoke with young people about the “Teen Safe Sex Pledge.” The pledge is part of dosomething.org campaign.
“I really just wanted teens to understand the seriousness surrounding HIV/AIDS and teens,” she said. “I became interested in learning more when my mom shared a study conducted by the CDC that said 46 percent of North Carolina high school students did not use a condom during their last sexual act. My pledge may be difficult for some, but doable with dedication. I want others to join me in setting an example for others by not engaging in sex until married”
Kyree’s pledge can be found at PASTD.ORG
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance on March 10 to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. On this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the eighth annual observance, OWH encouraged individuals and communities to embrace the theme “Share Knowledge. Take Action.”
“We are really excited about this campaign. According to the CDC, 1 and 5 people living with HIV are unaware of their status. We hope this Campaign inspire Women to get tested, and talk with their daughters about sexual health,” said Tasha H. Kornegay, executive director of P.A.STD.
For more information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and how you can support, visit womenshealth.gov/nwghaad. To find county and state data about HIV/AIDS, please visit womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata. To learn more about Partners Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases, please visit www.pastd.org or www.facebook.com/pastd.org.