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2nd Annual Forum on Illinois Youth and HIV/AIDS Will Unveil University of Chicago Focus Group “HIV Prevention Messages” Report

Posted by David Ormsby on January 5, 2009

(Chicago, IL) — The Children’s Place Association will host its second annual forum on Illinois Youth and HIV/AIDS in conjunction with the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago on February 27, 2009.

Cathy Krieger, President & CEO, The Children's Place Association

Cathy Krieger, President & CEO, The Children's Place Association

The forum, “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Youth: Abstinence or Condoms? Cell Phone Texts or Peers? Messages and Messengers that Make a Difference”, will release a focus group report, developed by University of Chicago Associate Professor Dexter Voison, that examines HIV/AIDS prevention messages and messengers that resonate with youth.

In addition to Voison’s research, the forum will include a panel of HIV/AIDS infected or at-risk youth to react to the focus group report, a panel of state public policy experts to consider possible legislative policy initiatives by the Illinois General Assembly, and a luncheon keynote speech by Emory University Professor Ralph DiClemente, an experts on HIV/AIDS and adolescents.

The Children’s Place Association, which has provided specialized pre-school, 24-hour nursing care, housing, youth counseling, and other critical services to Chicago-area children infected, orphaned or traumatized by HIV/AIDS since 1991, held its first forum on Illinois youth and HIV/AIDS in Chicago on November 9, 2007.

The 2007 forum revealed that Illinois HIV infections among youth under aged 24 jumped from 6% to 16%, a 60% increase, since 2000.

“HIV/AIDS-infected youth are a severely overlooked group from a service and public policy perspective, and the surging infections among them is proof positive prevention efforts are failing,” said Cathy Krieger, President & CEO of The Children’s Place Association.

“The escalating HIV/AIDS infections and risk among Illinois youth are driving our commitment to seeking effective HIV infection prevention strategies,” said Krieger.

The forum will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street in Chicago from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, please contact: David Ormsby at 312-342-9638 or davidormsby@davidormsby.com

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