HIV+ Holistic Health Practitioner Reggie Smith to give Keynote
Clayton State University’s University Health Services (UHS) will hold an Awareness Fair on Thursday Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, outside both main entrances to the Baker Center, and at Laker Hall.
According to Dr. Julia Spinolo, UHS director, the theme for this year is, “Life’s A Roller Coaster… Have a Safe Ride.” The Awareness Fair will be filled with lots of fun, games, activities, give-a-ways, and life-long knowledge opportunities. It is free, and open to the public.
The keynote speaker for the Awareness Fair will be Reggie Smith, holistic health practitioner, radio/TV personality, and author from Queens, N.Y. Smith, who has been HIV+ for more than 25 years, has initiated a national campaign, Wellness Awareness and Recovery, to diminish the stigma surrounding HIV and increase awareness about the unmet needs of U.S. families in this regard. Smith will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m., in room UC372 of the James M. Baker University Center.
“STDs are public health problems that lack easy solutions because they are rooted in human behavior and fundamental societal problems,” says Smith, who focuses on healing solutions. “Indeed, there are many obstacles to effective prevention efforts. The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs.
“To successfully prevent STDs, many stakeholders need to redefine their mission, refocus their efforts, modify how they deliver services, and accept new
responsibilities. In this process, strong leadership, innovative thinking, partnerships, and adequate resources will be required. The additional investment
required to effectively prevent STDs may be considerable, but it is negligible when compared with the likely return on the investment.”
For more information on AIDS and HIV, go to http://health.state.ga.us/epi/hivaids/index.asp.