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40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 Act SMART promotes HIV safety with youths Program advocates sexual abstinence The Jackson Street Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington will continue to coordinate HIV/AIDS education for youth ages ! 2 to 19. This collaborative effort with the Division of Public Health will be conducted throughout New Castle County. The Act SMART program has been implemented as part of an extensive HIV prevention cam- paign to provide health education and risk reduction activities in out-of-school settings. The curriculum is currently being offered at various Boys & Girls Clubs and continues Delaware AIDS rate ranking drops Delaware dropped from fifth to seventh in the national ranking of people living with AIDS. According to the Sussex County AIDS Committee (SCAC), Delaware ranked fifth in October and November with 25.4 and 26.5 cases - per 100,000 population - respectively. Delaware had 24.1 reported cases in December and now falls below the following states or dis- tricts: Washington, D.C., first; New York, second; Florida, third; Maryland, fourth; South Carolina, fifth; and New Jersey, sixth. The national average in December was 16.5 cases per 100,000 people, a figure that var- ied only slightly in the two months prior to that data collec- tion. The total number of people living with AIDS in Sussex County in December was 148, which reflects two fewer people than in November and was the same as in October. SCAC reported the following numbers of other Delawareans living with AIDS in December: Kent County, 92; New Castle County in Wilmington, 453; New Castle County outside Wilming- ton, 278; and correctional facili- ties statewide, 111, for a total of 1,082 total cases in the state. The statistics reflect little change in Kent County for the throughout the year. Volunteer peer educators are trained to teach the Act SMART program, which encourages youth to act smart when it comes to sex and drugs. In addition, the educational and out- reach efforts will also include offering programs and activities in at least four other community- based agencies. Anyone wishing to bring the Act Smart program to their area should contact Alyson Lang at 302-658-0217. One-fifth of all individuals with AIDS are adults ages 20 to 29. Since the average length of time months of October, November and December. There was an increase in New Castle County and little change in Sussex or the correctional facilities. SCAC workshop, forum is April 8 The Sussex County AIDS Committee (SCAC) will host a workshop and forum from 9:30 a.m. to i 2:30 p.m, Saturday, April 8, in the fellowship hall at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach. The forum will provide an opportunity for community mem- bers to have a voice in the work of SCAC. The planning session will also serve as an opportunity for those involved in the HIV/AIDS community in Sussex County to help develop programs and poli- cies. "SCAC has always been a com- munity effort," said Murray Archibald, SCAC president, "and we don't want to lose that. It is our goal to provide a time and place for a community voice in planning." There is no fee, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 644-1090. Stop smoking seminar offered at Del Tech Those who want to kick the smoking habit are invited to par- ticipate in a smoking cessation between infection and the onset of symptoms is approximately 10 years, many adults were probably infected in their teenage years. The Act SMART program was developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the American Red Cross chapter. Many teenagers in the program know about contraceptive meth- ods but do not take advantage of them often enough. Alcohol and drug prevention is also important due to the fact that they impair judgment and are considered to be a strong predictor of high-risk sexual activity. The Act SMART program seminar from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at Delaware Technical & Community College. Anne Connor will explain how hypnosis can free smokers from the cigarette habit without with- drawal, anxiety or weight gain, even if repeated attempts to quit have failed. Free cassette tapes will reinforce what is learned in the seminar. The fee is $39. For more infor- mation or to register, call 854- 6966. emphasizes sexual abstinence, not using drugs and not sharing nee- dles as the most effective way to prevent HIV infection. Other Act SMART activities focus on the practice of making healthy choic- es when faced with compromising situations. FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING Sussex County AIDS Committee, Inc. 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