For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ Sponsors Newark's Third Latino AIDS and Health Festival
at Branch Brook Park
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
is hosting the third Latino AIDS and Health Festival on Friday,
June 27, from 2 p.m to 7 p.m., at Branch Brook Park (between Park
Avenue and First Street) in Newark. If there is inclement weather,
the festival will be held at Barringer High School, 90 Parker
DJ Alex Sensation, of radio station Mega 97.9 FM; Juan Carlos
& Gloria, of "Hola N.Y." on radio station 93.1 FM Amor; and
DJ Rey-Mo, of Heavy Hitter, will be special guests. Also, singer
Troke will perform his hits "She's the One" and "Falsa Mujer."
The festival is being sponsored by the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical
School in collaboration with the City of Newark, Newark Councilman-at-Large
Luis Quintana, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior
Services' Division of AIDS Prevention and Control, 100 Black Men
of New Jersey, Inc., and local community-based organizations.
The theme and primary purpose of this free festival is to encourage
individuals to "Take the HIV Test and Take Control." This festival
is being coordinated to increase awareness of the National HIV
Testing Day which will be held on June 27.
Health professionals will conduct health screenings and distribute
information about the diagnosis and treatment of medical illnesses
such as: HIV and AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma,
prostate and oral cancer. In addition to health exhibits, the
festival will feature Merengue, Salsa, R&B, Gospel, and HIP-HOP
music; food; raffles and giveaways.
Dr. Robert L. Johnson, acting chair and professor of pediatrics,
and director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
(DAYAM) at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, said, "The Latino
AIDS and Health Festival was established to promote healthy families
and provide health education information about HIV and other illnesses
that disproportionately affect the Latino community. "Research
indicates that 25 percent of all new HIV infections in the United
States occur among people between the ages of 13 and 21," Dr.
According to the United States Office of National AIDS Policy,
this statistic means approximately two young people are infected
with HIV every hour. However, early diagnosis can significantly
increase the effectiveness of medical treatments.
The Spend Time on Prevention (STOP) Mobile-Unit Outreach Program,
which is a component of the Division for Adolescent and Young
Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School,
provides HIV and AIDS testing, counseling and support services
for adults and adolescents in Newark and the surrounding Essex
Representatives from the STOP program, UMDNJ-University Hospital,
the Newark Community Diseases Prevention Treatment Center and
the FOCUS Community Health Center will also attend the event.
For more information about the Latino AIDS and Health Festival,
call 1-800-249-7750 or (973) 972-8216.
The UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School is one of three medical
schools of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ). UMDNJ comprises New Jersey's only medical schools, the
state's only dental school, a nursing school, a graduate school
of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions
and a school of public health on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New
Brunswick, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates University
Hospital and University Behavioral HealthCare in Newark and Piscataway.
It is affiliated with more than 200 health care and educational
institutions throughout the state.