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Ryan White Program to show film April 20, bring awareness to growing HIV issue

To help bring awareness to HIV as a serious, growing public health issue, especially among young minority populations, The University of Toledo Ryan White Program will show its short film, “The Downside,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

“The Downside” explores how societal stigma around sexuality leads to the spread of HIV despite advanced research, prevention and treatment methods. The short film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring HIV experts.

“The goal is to get people to ask questions. The thing I’d like to see change with minority populations is with the stigma and fear. HIV is so stigmatized in these populations,” said Kennyetta White, minority outreach coordinator of the Ryan White Program, which offers comprehensive medical care for people living with HIV.

Each year, the Ryan White Program hosts several events to bring awareness to HIV, which include a fashion show in December and masquerade ball in November.

According to White, these events have led many more people to be tested for HIV and educated on the disease. Her hope is that this awareness continues to grow and the program can reach more people.

“The program is special to me because I can educate people about HIV. I love what I do. The goal is to save lives,” White said.

About 150 people are expected to attend the free, public event.


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