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BET "Rap-It-Up" Stops in Dothan

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Experts say AIDS is the leading cause of death among African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.

Now, a national campaign has stopped in Dothan to host a Celebrity Forum which targets sexual health.

A press conference was held Thursday for BET’s Rap-it-Up.

Rap-it-Up is a pubic education campaign that informs young blacks about sexual health, STD’s, and teams up with community based AIDS service organizations for HIV/AIDS testing.

BET Public Relations Vice-President Vikki Johnson says she remembers visiting a Louisiana college where 20 out of 35 students tested positive for AIDS or HIV.

She says the impact of the clinic was a lot to take in and only encourages the BET to keep holding the events.

"Sex in the African-American community is not something that we are taught to talk about openly and comfortably. There's a shame and a reproach attached to it and so as apart of what we are trying to do is make it easier and make it something that is common," says Johnson.

The Celebrity Health Forum is being held at the Dothan Opera House.

More than 700 Dothan residents registered for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Urban Program event.


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