The Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force and Future Builders will host a public forum from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the library. A reception will be held at 5 p.m.

The Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force and Future Builders will host a public forum from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the library. A reception will be held at 5 p.m.

The task force will discuss Arkansas House Bill 2100, an act to create an opt-out HIV screening program, according to a press release from the task force and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

The task force will also discuss the Arkansas State Healthcare Access Research Project or SHARP Report and reveal recommendations for reducing HIV/AIDS in Arkansas’ minority populations.

Residents are encouraged to attend and share their views as well as their needs in the community. This public forum will be the third of four public forums within the four districts in Arkansas.

“Through these public forums we are seeking to obtain an improved understanding of the report and how it affects a person with HIV/AIDS, as well as additional feedback to share with Arkansas Legislators after the forums are complete,” said Lupita Rasheed, chair of the Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force.

This public forum is free and open to all residents in and around the Pine Bluff. Details: Call Bruce Lockett at 501-319-2012.