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[February 20, 2013]

Scranton Comes Together To Stop AIDS

Scranton, PA, Feb 20, 2013 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) -- Three Scranton-area organizations are joining with the Office on Women's Health, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to take action against HIV/AIDS. On March 7, 2013, Maternal and Family Health Services, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and The Wright Center for Primary Care will hold Stop, Think, Act: An All-Ages AIDS Empowerment Workshop at UNC's Progressive Center, 414 Olive Street, Scranton, PA. This free event is being held in celebration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to shed light on the disease's often overlooked impact on women and girls.


Against the backdrop of 11,200 new HIV infections among U.S. women per year -- most of whom are black and Latina -- Stop, Think, Act will kick off at 6 pm and feature free HIV and STI screenings, a talk by area Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Shubhra Shetty, and contests and prizes. Educational booths from Maternal and Family Health Services and SafeTeens.org feature individual and community-level strategies to end the epidemic.

In addition, Stop, Think, Act organizers invite area photography enthusiasts to submit AIDS awareness photography to F-Stop: An AIDS Awareness Photo Contest in the weeks leading up to the event. The Contest's winning photo and ten runners up will be selected for F-Stop: Ending AIDS One Pixel at a Time, a traveling exhibit that will open at Stop, Think, Act.

For more information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and how you can support, visit womenshealth.gov/nwghaad. To learn more about Stop, Think, Act and F-Stop visit safeteens.org/stop.

Maternal & Family Health Services is a non-profit health and human service organization that serves over 125,000 people in 16 Pennsylvania counties with programs that help women, children and families gain access to health and nutrition services. Celebrating over 40 years of connecting the community to better health, MFHS now provides Pennsylvania teens a confidential connection to healthy lifestyles via SafeTeens.org. For more information about MFHS, visit mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to assessing and meeting the needs of low-income families, youth and senior citizens in Lackawanna County, providing people with the tools needed to integrate into the community and attain self-sufficiency. For more information visit uncnepa.org or call (570) 346-0759.

The Wright Center for Medical Group is the faculty delivery arm of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and operates three Wright Center for Primary Care locations --Clarks Summit, Mid Valley and Scranton. All Wright Center training and care delivery sites are highly responsive, non-discriminatory safety net providers for the communities they serve, having primary care delivery process and clinical outcomes of recognized regional and national significance.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/SafeTeens/StopThinkAct/prweb10445702.htm PRWeb.com

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