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Letters to the editor, September 16

Time to talk

This is a difficult topic to discuss. But it is necessary if we are to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our communities.

Did you know that the HIV infection rate was the highest among the 20 to 24 age group (41.8 percent)? Did you also know that nationally of the estimated 40,000 new HIV infections each year, more than 50 percent occur among African Americans?

And did you know that Denton County ranks eighth among the top 25 counties with the highest HIV infection? The county ranks 11th for AIDS and 10th for people living with HIV.

Don’t you think it is time we talk about this health issue in our churches, our homes and our communities?

You ask, how did this happen? All of us have a history — some from birth to our later years. We have encountered many people in our lives. And today, in an open society, we have this distorted view of fidelity, which does not appear to be sacred anymore. Then, we never go to health professionals to get tested.

Let’s talk about it ... Building Healthy Relationships: HIV/AIDS Workshop and HIV testing at St. James A.M.E. Church, 1107 E. Oak St., in Denton on Sept. 21 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Mary C. Taylor