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HIV/AIDS Prevention Researcher To Speak
Released: March 2, 2005

Release #05008
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Beth Krane Email
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STORRS, Conn.— One of the nation’s leading researchers in HIV/AIDS prevention among African American adolescents and women will speak at the University of Connecticut Thursday, March 3, at noon.

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, who has appeared on CNN and been featured in Parade magazine, will discuss effective, culturally appropriate models for promoting healthy behavior and preventing HIV/AIDS as part of the UConn Center for Health/HIV Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) lecture series.

During the course of her career, Jemmott, director of the Center for Urban Health Research at the University of Pennsylvania, received with $74 million in federal funding for research on HIV prevention among African American adolescents and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected curricula Jemmott designed for teens as a national model.

Currently, Jemmott is studying the effectiveness of church- and family-based abstinence education programs as well as ways to reduce HIV sexual risk among substance-abusing African American women.

Jemmott’s talk will be held in the CHIP building on the Storrs campus. The building is located at 2006 Hillside Road, adjacent to the Nathan Hale Inn.

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