Date: Thursday, August 10 @ 16:11:11 UTC
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Toronto, ON (August 10, 2006) - The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) is proud to be working with Rexdale Community Health Centre to create a series of interactive seminars and events with a special focus on youth education and outreach as part of their organizational initiatives around the first African/Black stream in International AIDS conference history.

“It is very important that we prepare youth with the hands-on skills that they need to make healthy choices and combat the external factors that influence their sexual behaviours” says Rose-Ann Bailey, Youth Program Coordinator at Rexdale Community Health Centre. “We have developed a series called ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ as a way to engage both local and international youth in a creative way that moves beyond just giving them information.”

Incorporating edutainment, theatre, role playing, music and art, the youth showcases are meant to engage and provoke discussion, and take place both on and offsite from Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 17, 2006

The XVI International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2006, takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) from August 13th to August 18th, 2006. Part of the MTCC (7 000 square feet) is dedicated to the Global Village (GV), which is a community-driven FREE space where the general public and conference delegates can interact! Many cultural and youth events are also scheduled across the city. Listed below are some of the activities planned for the African/Black Diaspora Stream. We encourage the participation of local and visiting members of the African/Black Diaspora to participate! Please note: ** = Delegates only

Global Village (GV) Hours Sunday, August 13th 9:00am-6:00pm
Mon, August 14 – Thurs, August 17 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday, August 18 8:30am-12:30pm

African/Black Diaspora Networking Zone & Display Booths (GV)
Look for booths #440/442/441A at the Global Village featuring ACCHO and the Black AIDS Institute! Also featuring "Drop It Like It's Hot" Photo/Art Exhibit

**International Community Science and Treatment Breakfast Series
Mon-Thurs: 7:00am - 8:30am (GV, Session Hall 1)

Open House: African/Caribbean AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs)
Mon-Thurs, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Off-site: 110 Spadina Avenue, #207 at Adelaide)

1:00pm - 9:00pm Symposium & Reception: HIV/AIDS in the African/Black Diaspora (Off-site: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West)

12:30pm - 6:30pm **Satellite Meeting: The Way Forward: The State of AIDS in Black America (MTCC, Session Rm 7)

7:00am - 8:30am **Black Leaders Breakfast: The Role of Black Leaders in the Fight Against AIDS in the Diaspora (GV, Main Stage)
10:00am - 1:45pm **Engagement Tour to Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre
1:00pm - 4:00pm Drop It Like It's Hot –A Sexual Health Guide Workshop for youth
(Off-site: Dream Lounge, 205 Richmond Street West)
4:15pm - 5:45pm State of AIDS in Black America Panel Discussion (GV, Session Hall 1)
4:30pm - 7:00pm Drop It Like It's Hot –Edutainment/Performance (Off-site: Dream Lounge, 205 Richmond Street West)
6:00pm - 8:00pm **Satellite Meeting: HIV/AIDS and population mobility: Innovative approaches to HIV prevention and care for mobile populations in various regions of the world (MTCC, Session Room 9)

10:45am - 12:15pm African/Caribbean Women Session (GV, Main Stage)
12:30pm - 2:00pm Being Queer in the African/Black Diaspora (GV, Session Hall 2)
2:15pm - 3:45pm There is More to Us Than What You See (GV, Youth Pavilion)
3:45pm - 6:00pm Da Real Deal/Reality Rules Theatre (Off-site: Dundas Square, Yonge & Dundas)

11:00am - 2:30pm **'Get on the Bus' Community Tour (Sign-up at Community Outreach booth in GV; Transportation and food provided)
2:30pm - 5:30pm Networking with the Community: social event Entertainment and food will be provided! (Off-site: Rexdale Community Health Centre, 8 Taber Road) Click here for map

10:45am - 12:15pm African/Black Diaspora Network Planning Session (GV Main Stage)
12:45pm - 2:00pm Youth Panel Discussion: Hip Hop and Reggae Dance Hall Kings and Queens (GV, Youth Pavilion)

8:30am - 11:00am **Engagement Tour to ACCHO & 3 Member AIDS Service Organizations

For more ways to participate in the African/Black Diaspora Stream of Events:
1. Visit the online African/Black Diaspora Roadmap to conference programming by clicking here and choosing "African/Black Diaspora" from the dropdown "choose a roadmap" menu.
2. Pick up the conference program supplement at the MTCC during AIDS 2006.
3. Join our mailing list by writing to

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