In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, officials will host an Ask &Tell Speed Dating Competition to demonstrate how to incorporate the subject of HIV into a conversation.

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, officials will host an Ask &Tell Speed Dating Competition to demonstrate how to incorporate the subject of HIV into a conversation.

The event will be held in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center at the Univesity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and will also feature nationally known HIV activist Marvelyn Brown.

Sponsors are the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, in partnership with UAPB, Arkansas Department of Health and the Greater Than AIDS campaign.

The UAPB organization with the most participants will win $500 towards a health-related activity on campus, a spokesman said.

Special guest and HIV activist Marvelyn Brown will facilitate the competition and share her story of how she contracted the disease at 19 and her life since diagnosis.

Brown has told her story to live and television audiences around the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda. She has spoken at hundreds of colleges, universities, churches and conferences worldwide. Her autobiography, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, was published in 2008.

“Providing free and culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention services and testing is critical to reducing the disproportionate burden of HIV and AIDS on the African-American community,” said Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. “We appreciate UAPB’s administration and the HIV/AIDS Peer Educators for partnering with AMHC to educate young adults on these health issues.”

Details: Call Britni Mitchell, AMHC HIV Outreach Initiatives Manager, at 501-683-4966.