Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rolling Towards the Weekend

Sexual Health Resources Available for STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. There is a strong connection between STDs and HIV, as the behaviors and circumstances that put people at risk for STDs also put them at risk for HIV.

Further, having an untreated STD can make a person more susceptible for HIV infection. In fact, being infected with genital herpes makes you 3 times more likely to get infected with HIV, if exposed. In recognition of STD Awareness Month, we’d like to call our readers’ attention to several excellent resources available on

Dr. Gail Bolan’s blog post, STD Prevention is Part of HIV Prevention, about the close link between STD and HIV prevention, and how STD and HIV testing play a strong role in preventing the spread of disease. Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s blog post, STD Prevention, Screening, and Treatment Helps Prevent HIV Transmission and Ensure the Health of People Living with HIV about how STDs increase the risk of HIV acquisition and the challenges in preventing and screening for STDs among individuals living with HIV.

To learn more, see our HIV Basics page on Sexual Health for People Living with HIV or visit the CDC’s page on Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Arkansas Foodbank Announces New Summer Feeding Sites

The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program this summer by sponsoring two summer feeding sites.
The sites will serve two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) from June through August to about 500-600 children a day. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-10 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. All meals will be provided without charge.

Participating sites will be the Paul Bewie Boys and Girls Club, 5050 N Hwy 7, Hot Springs Village and Saline County Boys and Girls Club, 105 Cox St., Benton.

All of the locations will be open sites, which means that children not enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club may eat breakfast and lunch at the sites without having to be enrolled at the club. Children should not be dropped off at the sites if they are not members.  If parents would like for their children to become members and participate in activities at the Boys and Girls Clubs, they must request an enrollment application and pay any enrollment fees.
The program is designed to replace free- and reduced-price lunches that the children would normally get at school after school has dismissed for the summer.
Get more information here.

Join us for an HRC special event in Little Rock!

Chad Griffin Monday, May 5
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Remarks: 6:15 p.m.
Reception to follow

The Arkansas Arts Center
501 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR
RSVP Today!

We're excited to share with you that on Monday, May 5, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin will be back in his home state of Arkansas. You are invited to join us Monday evening for a community gathering and reception at the Arkansas Arts Center. The event will feature remarks by Chad, followed by a reception including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

We hope you can join us and ask that you please RSVP in advance.


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