Robert Gordon University (RGU) will host a conference this spring to highlight sexual health amongst the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.
The free event will be held at RGU’s Riverside East building in Garthdee on Saturday, April 19 from midday until 4pm.
Sponsored by NHS Grampian Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus MCN and African Health Project Waverley Care the conference is open to all members of the community to attend.
Organisers have lined up an impressive line-up of keynote speakers who will also take part in an interactive question and answer session with attendees.
Dr Winifred Eboh, a senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University, has helped to organise the event and will give her own presentation entitled: “Cultural misconceptions that affect sexual behaviour and risk taking."
She anticipates a significant interest in the conference from the local community.
Dr Eboh said: “We’re very proud to host the conference here at Robert Gordon University and look forward to welcoming attendees on the day.
“Sexual health and wellbeing amongst the Afro-Caribbean diaspora is a very important topic to focus on and we hope that the event will help to raise awareness of the work being done to address a number of issues in this area.”
Other speakers on the day include Dr Emmanuel Okpo, Consultant Public Health Physician at NHS Grampian, and Dr Daniella Brawley, Consultant in Sexual Health at NHS Grampian and Katai Kasengele from Waverley Care.
Dr Okpo will look at the state of sexual health (unplanned pregnancy / abortion / HIV and Hepatitis B/C) in the black community in the UK and Dr Brawley’s presentation will put the side effects of contraception into perspective with the treatment of blood borne viruses.
Katai Kasengele will showcase the work of African health projects and support available for Africans living with HIV.
Lunch will be provided at the event but attendees are required to register for catering purposes.