6 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004 Study: HIV on the rise among college students BY DORA P. GONZALEZ STAFF WRITER The number of HIV cases in black, male college students is more prevalent, according to a recent study, but experts warn that anyone sexually active should exer cise caution. The study, titled “Transmission on Campus: Insights from Tracking HIV Incidence in North Carolina,” included 37 schools in the state. Specific numbers for each school were not disclosed. The study examined 998 males in the state, 84 of them being college students. There were six cases of male col lege students reported to the N.C. Health Department in 2000. Preliminary numbers for 2003 have already reported 30 HIV cases. Sixteen percent of the cases are black males between the ages of 18 and 30 who reported having sex with other men, but don’t necessar ily identify themselves as being gay. The study showed that 40 per cent of the HIV positive college students reported having sex with women, making a large number of women at risk for contracting HIV. But the study stated that there stu i )f:rHTS Raise Your Voice! Join us for a TELECONFERENCE and discussion on student civic and political engagement! THIS THURSDAY, February 19th 2-4 pm (snacks provided) , Freedom Forum in Carroll Hall (School of Journalism) A lively, student-led dialogue will follow the teleconference. We'll discuss: Why students volunteer more but vote less? What obstacles prevent UNC students from becoming politically engaged? How we can encourage student engagement with elections coming in 2004? Visit www.unc.edu/cps or call 962.2333 for more info. sro'-soi\i:i> lit . ...Carolina < cutoj lor Public. ''n/rvic *■. ( ,mv|>iis V,. Sliiclciil Uo\ emment. . Cjl’sr. < i\ i< r.iluc, it inn c onsi >! t ium .\ N nith ( ,imlin',i i .msjjus ( t ni>|i,i< l The UNC Office of Greek Affairs CONGRATULATES THE WINNERS OF THE 2004 Greek Excellence Awards have been only five women statewide who have been affected by HIV from 2000-03. The fact that males do not iden tify themselves as gay, even when having had sex with males, makes messages on HIV prevention inef fective because males do not think the message is relevant to them, said Peter Leone, medical director for the North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Care branch and one of the authors of the study. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified around 4,500 cases of black males, ages 18-25, having sex with males. Karlie Stanton, spokeswoman for the CDC, said publicity and HIV prevention messages should be sensitive to the way people iden tify themselves to be effective. Leone said messages should be rephrased. “If you’re sexually active, you need to be concerned of HIV.” CDC statistics also show that even though blacks account for 12 percent of the country’s popula tion, 55 percent of people with HIV are black. Thirty-one percent of those with HIV are white and 12 percent are Hispanic. Chapter Awards Bettie Ann Everett Award Most Community Service Kappa Delta Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Pi Lambda Phi Alpha lota Omega Fraternity Outstanding Campus Involvement Delta Delta Delta Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Pi Lambda Phi alpha Kappa Delta Phi Highest Academic Average Alpha Delta Pi Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Chi Psi Alpha Epsilon Omega Most Improved GPA Pi Beta Phi Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Theta Nu Xi Stanton said the black and Hispanic population face more challenges to stay protected because they generally face pover ty, do not have access to health care and have a higher connection to sexually transmitted diseases. But Leone said the college stu dent outbreak is not exclusive to blacks. He said high-risk sexual activity is a main reason for the increased HIV cases and added that lack of perception of risk is a contributing factor to the outbreak. “People don’t see other folks dying of HIV or don’t know other people with the disease,” he said. The CDC statistics show there have been 40,000 new HIV cases each year for the last decade. Half of the cases are among people younger than 25 years old. Stanton said the reason college students might be more at risk to acquire HIV is high-risk sexual activity: unprotected sex, multiple sex partners or young women choosing partners older than themselves. 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On Tuesday, airlines in Port-au- Prince canceled flights to the northern port of Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, after witnesses in the barricaded city saw a boat approach and rumors swept the town that rebels were about to attack. In the western port of St. Marc, a U.S. missionary said his life has been threatened by supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. “We are witnessing the coup d’e tat machine in motion,” Prime Minister Yvon Neptune said Thesday, urging the international Individual Awards Greek Woman of the Year Jessica Niblock Zeta Tau Alpha Greek Man of the Year John Wyatt Dickson Chi Psi Outstanding Sorority President Meredith Teague Zeta Tau Alpha Outstanding Fraternity President John Schena Pi Lambda Phi Outstanding Faculty/UNC Advisor Joe Morris Delta Sigma Phi Outstanding House Director Joyce Hinman Kappa Kappa Gamma Outstanding Alumni Advisor Beth Collawn Kappa Delta Outstanding House Corporation Member Charles Madison Chi Psi community “to show it really wants peace and stability.” Haiti’s 5,000-member police force appears unable to stem the revolt, but Aristide and Neptune stopped short of asking for military intervention. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thesday, “There is frankly no enthusiasm right now for sending in military or police forces to put down the violence.” Powell said the international community wants to see “a political solution” and only then would will ing nations offer a police presence to implement such an agreement. Powell spoke by telephone with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, who called an emergency meeting in Paris on Thesday to weigh the risks of send ing peacekeepers and discuss how otherwise to help Haiti, an impov erished former colony that is home to 2,000 French citizens. He said France had 4,000 troops in its Caribbean territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe trained in humanitarian work who could work with a U.N. humani tarian mission. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thesday the world Good Stuff for your life. .b §■?! \m&m Laughing Turtle Home 105 East Franklin Street lathj ®ar Xcri body plans to “become much more actively engaged” in Haiti’s crisis. Officials from several U.N. agen cies went to the country Feb. 8 to assess the humanitarian situation and are expected to return to report at the end of the week. U.S. Ambassador James Foley said Tuesday that Washington is ready to give $500,000 in human itarian aid to Haiti through the United Nations. “We are calling for a truce. It doesn’t mean that we want to maintain the status quo. We want a radical change in the country,” Foley said. “Haiti cannot continue living without a state of law, with politi cized and demoralized police, armed gangs.” The United States has staged three military interventions in Haiti, the last in 1994, when it sent 20,000 troops to end a military dictatorship that had ousted Aristide and to halt an influx of Haitian boat people to Florida. Aristide, who was wildly popular when he became Haiti’s first freely elected leader in 1990, has lost sup port since his party swept flawed legislative elections in 2000. He is accused of using police and armed militants to stifle dissent and allow ing corruption to fund lavish lifestyles for his cronies.