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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Minority AIDS Network of Volusia/Flagler is hosting the "I Am My Brother/Sister's Keeper" Conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The conference will take place at Bethune-Cookman University's L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing, 739 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The keynote speaker is HIV/AIDS activist and Jacksonville native Renee' LadyByrd Burgess.
The mother of three became an HIV/AIDS activist in 2008, months after being diagnosed as HIV positive. Her inspirational story is one she shares in an effort to educate others about how to prevent the spread of HIV. Ms. Burgess will share her shocking experience of hearing she was infected while being in a married relationship with a partner who had knowingly infected her without telling her of his status.
"It can happen to you as easily as it happened to me," said Ms. Burgess.
Ms. Burgess is the host of what has been described as one of the hottest online radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. She also is a junior at the Florida Institute of Technology, majoring in computer information systems.
"We are delighted to have Ms. Burgess as one of our conference speakers," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Volusia County Health Department. "The purpose of this conference is to provide important information so people can make informed decisions about living healthy lifestyles, sex, stigma and faith."
The conference is free to the public. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes and information.
To register, call (386) 274-0500, Ext.0571.