HOUSTON - There will be a news conference on Wednesday that will lay out health concerns for thousands dealing with HIV/AIDS in Houston.
Dr. Ann Barnes, chief medical officer for Legacy Community Health, will be there. She says on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall that the HIV/AIDS situation could be at a crisis point.
“We feel like if we don’t pay attention to it, if we take our eye off the ball, then there could be a resurgence in cases,” she said.
“So it’s vitally important that we focus on prevention, treatment of HIV in the community.” Barnes addresses what has been done and what more desperately needs to be done and how the entire community can play a role.
Dec.1 is World AIDS Day.
Kelly Young is the CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston and is optimistic that Houston has a chance to lead the way in the effort to take the number of new AIDS cases to zero.
“We are on the precipice of being able to get to zero if we just follow through on the commitments made 30 years ago,”she said.
“So in my mind this is the time for us all to step up and show that the city of Houston could be the first city across the South that ends HIV transmissions in the United States.”
Do you associate hip hop music with crude lyrics, a culture of misogyny, infidelity and drugs?
Many do and that’s why NGEN radio is billing itself as the Alternative Hip Hop, a sister to KSBJ Christian Radio that appeals to the millennial who doesn’t buy into what is typically viewed as traditional hip hop.
”All of our music is positive, inspirational faith-based music so all of the rappers and the messaging they will inspire you and give you hope,” said Ayana Mack, NGEN radio personality.
“You know, when you’re down and out, we want to pick you up.” The efforts of NGEN 91.7FM are intended to change the conversation about hip hop music and faith in Houston.
Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, at 10 a.m. every Sunday, right after Meet the Press on KPRC Channel 2.
Ann Barnes, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Community Health,832-548-5000 www.legacycommunityhealth.org @legacycommunity
Kelly Young, CEO AIDS Foundation Houston, 713-623-6796, www.aidshelp.org @aidshelphouston
Ayana Mack, NGEN Radio Personality, 281-446-5725, www.ngenradio.com @ngenradio, @ayanamack