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Youth HIV/AIDS confab skedded

Organizers of the Youth Performing Arts Institute for HIV/AIDS Prevention have announced a three-day conference in Universal City this weekend.

“This Institute is designed to recognize, highlight and examine the important role the performing arts can play in preventing HIV transmission in youth,” said Dr. Helen Gayle, a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention in a statement. “The focus will be on youth performers and providing them with knowledge, training and support.”

The organizations sponsoring the event include AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey, Bay Area Young Positives, City at Peace and University of Houston’s TAPP for Latinas.

Performing Arts Institute speakers include producer/director Paris Barclay, actors Michael Jeter and Taran Noah Smith.

Following an introductory address Thursday evening, the confab continues today and Saturday at the Universal City Hilton.

Today’s schedule will include workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday’s agenda, also from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., will include morning workshops followed by presentations by groups sponsoring the event.

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