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6/30/07-Tyler

First Faith-Based Teen Summit On HIV/AIDS

It was a first of its kind for Tyler teens Saturday.  The Texas Department of Health Services held the first ever faith-based HIV/STD Teen Summit at St. Louis Missionary Baptist Church.  Around a hundred teens participated, breaking out into different groups to discuss topics like substance abuse and living with AIDS.  The summit focused on black youth because aids is the fastest growing disease among the African-American community.

"They are our future, and if we can help today to prevent problems in the future and let them know today that people die every day with AIDS, so we want to educate them and give them the knowledge that they still have to stay focused and keep their virginity," said Reverend Charles Burns, with the New Zion Baptist Church.  Reverend Burns said he believes the church can play a vital role in helping educate the African-American community about HIV and AIDS.

Tracy Watler, Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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