HIV/AIDS remains a serious problem in the Mid-South. According to recent statistics, more than 6,000 people are currently living with the disease in Shelby County. The number accounts for more than 40 percent of cases in Tennessee.
That’s why Shelby County Schools recently teamed up with community partners, including the Memphis Health Department, for World AIDS Day. Students at Melrose High School attended a day of performances and testimonials aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness.
Student Rai’gan Shipp told C19TV that the program was “very helpful to inform people my age about the consequences of unprotected sex.”