Medical Students to Host HIV/AIDS Forum
February 26, 2004

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WHO:               Mercer University School of Medicine's chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation's oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of minority medical students


WHAT:             Will host "Eyes Wide Shut," a panel discussion about HIV and AIDS in the minority community of Middle Georgia. The forum's featured panelists include the following community leaders:


Johnny Fambro, Central City AIDS Network

Jeri Graves, Mothers on a Mission Against AIDS (MOMAS)

Sam Henderson, Senior Executive Officer for the City of Macon

Dr. Harold Katner, Mercer University School of Medicine

Elaine Lucas, Macon City Council

Elsie Sharp, J& S Consultants, HIV Case Management


Students in Mercer's doctor of medicine, master of public health and master of marriage and family therapy programs will also serve on the panel.


Free, confidential HIV testing sponsored by Central City AIDS Network will be available 30 minutes before and after the forum. The event is free and open to the public.


WHEN/             "Eyes Wide Shut," 6:30 to 8 p.m., HIV testing, 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:           March 18, 2004

                        Mercer University School of Medicine Auditorium


WHY:                With the Center for Disease Control naming HIV as the leading cause of death among African-American men and women between the ages of 25 and 44, Mercer's SNMA chapter presents "Eyes Wide Shut" in hopes to gather community perceptions, ideas and concerns about HIV/AIDS in Middle Georgia. Mercer students will use the information to help design an HIV intervention and prevention program for local communities.




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