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Montgomery, AL-The Council on Substance Abuse- NCADD (COSA-NCADD) and the Turn Around Project will host Paint the Night Red on March 10, 2017. This painting party will be in recognition of National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day. The event will be held at Zion Fellowship United Methodist Church.

The goal is reach out to the community and let people know about HIV awareness. “We want to get ladies involved in a creative way” said Turn Around Project Director Charity Mitchell.

The Turn Around Project is a collective of community agencies in the Montgomery Area to include COSA-NCADD and Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO).

The Painting Party will last from 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM. Ladies ages 18-29 are encouraged to attend. The first 40 ladies to get tested will receive a free canvas painting session. “We hope that young women would come out and get tested” said Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist Santavia Mann.

National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day is an annual observance on March 10 to recognize the impact of HIV on Women and Girls. This year’s theme is The Best Defense is a Good Offense.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HIV remains a significant health issue for women and adolescent girls, with more than 280,000 women living with HIV in the United States. In 2014, an estimated 8,328 women aged 13 and older were diagnosed with HIV. Most these diagnoses can be attributed to heterosexual sex.

Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Research from the CDC shows that among all US women in 2014, Black women accounted for 62% of new HIV diagnoses but only 13% of the female population. Hispanic/Latina women accounted for 16% of new diagnoses but only 15% of the female population. In addition, whites accounted for 18% of new diagnoses and 64% of the female population.

For more information about Paint the Night Red contact Charity Mitchell at 334-420-4270 or email

The mission of COSA-NCADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems.

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