HIV/AIDS introductory meeting set for Jan. 17

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HIV and AIDS affect people in all communities, and Ascension Parish has its share of residents fighting the viruses.

Ascension Parish AIDS Coalition, or APAC, is an alliance of community-based service providers, faith-based organizations, and other individuals who meet to discuss ways to provide effective HIV/AIDS information and services to the community.

Women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. A total of 14,917 persons were reported living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, according to the 2006 Louisiana HIV/AIDS annual report.

HIV affects us all in some way. Many are afraid to talk about the virus and there are some who don’t realize the problem exists here in the Ascension Parish area.

Gabrielle Johnson, CEO of Face to Face Enrichment Center in Gonzales, will hold an introductory meeting Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Face to Face Enrichment Center at 1026 E. Worthey Rd., Suite F, Gonzales. To confirm attendance, call 225-644-9992.

The requirements to join APAC include: maintain strict confidentiality, attend regular meetings, be at least 18 years old, and have a passion for helping others.