Thousands converged at B.J.C.C for Natural Hair and Health Expo - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Thousands converged at B.J.C.C for Natural Hair and Health Expo

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - More than five thousand people converged at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex today ready to ask questions about the health of their body and hair.

"Feeling good, feeling healthy, and natural hair is a movement today," Victor Simmons said.

Eating correctly was important topic at the Natural Hair and Health Expo. Experts were on hand to show people how to properly prepare and cook certain foods to help cut back on high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

"Some of the biggest concerns basically in our community is how can we eat better, live longer, and live healthier," Simmons added.
Another important part of the Expo was to educate the public on HIV and AIDS.

"HIV testing is really important because it's the only way for someone to find out whether or not if they're living with HIV," Dafina Ward said.

More than one hundred men and women, old and young were tested for the virus. As for women, Dafina Ward with AIDS Alabama says African American women are diagnosed with HIV at a rate of 10 to 1 compared to white women. So it's vital that you know your status.

"More than twelve thousand Alabamians are living with HIV and 20 percent of people don't know, so there are probably a lot more folk in our community who are living with the virus and if you're not getting tested, you can get really really sick," Ward mentioned.

A test that only takes seconds. A quick swab around the inside of your mouth. Within twenty minutes, results are available.

For more information about AIDS Alabama, click on the link below.

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