December 12 December 25, 2013


Your Sexually Transmitted Infection IQ?

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True or False, the answers with an explanation are below.

  1. A male cannot contract a sexually transmitted infection by receiving unprotected oral sex.
  2. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is not associated with oral cancers.
  3. A woman of child bearing age may become sterile as the result of a sexually transmitted infection.
  4. A woman married for more 10 years should never be offered an HIV test.
  5. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment involved rural African American men who received appropriate therapy for syphilis.
  6. Herpes is transmitted by skin to skin contact.
  7. HIV cannot be transmitted by breast milk.
  8. Hepatitis A can be transmitted by oral-anal sexual contact.
  9. Hepatitis C is a disease of injection drug users who share needles and cannot be transmitted during a sexual act.
  10. Anal cancer is associated with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Answers and Explanations

  1. False.  Men may contract several sexually transmitted infections by receiving unprotected oral sex including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and human papilloma virus.  HIV is unlikely unless the skin of the penis has been broken and comes in contact with bodily fluids that transmit HIV (blood, semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, and breast milk).
  2. False. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is associated with up to 60% of oral cancers.  This type of cancer is increasing in the US especially of the tonsil and tongue base.
  3. True. Unrecognized and untreated gonorrhea and/or chlamydia of the cervix may result in infection of the uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This is called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).  Each year up to 750,000 American women experience acute PID and 10-15% may become sterile as a result of the damage to the female reproductive organs.
  4. False. The CDC in 2006 wrote guidelines that persons 13-64 should be offered an HIV test regardless of risk.  Tests offered after the first one may be based on risk assessment.
  5. False. An atrocity in medical ethics, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment was conducted from 1932 to 1972.  The experiment was designed to study the natural history of untreated syphilis in rural African American men. The men were made to believe they were receiving free health care from the US government. Although by 1947 penicillin had become the standard of care for the treatment of syphilis, it was not offered to the participants in the trial.
  6. True. Herpes is transmitted by skin to skin contact.  Condoms do not necessarily protect one against infection.
  7. False. Breast milk is one of the fluids of HIV transmission.  The others are blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and pre-cum.
  8. True. Hepatitis A is transmitted by an fecal-oral  route, thus those food handlers who have acute hepatitis A and do not wash their hands after use of the restroom may inadvertently cause an outbreak of Hepatitis A at the establishment of which they are working.
  9. False. Hepatitis C is typically transmitted by blood to blood contact.  Thought to have low sexual transmission rates - - rates increase when one is HIV positive.  Bloody sexual acts such as sharing sexual toys will also enhance infection.
  10. True. Approximately 93% of anal cancers are thought to be associated with HPV.

    Note: Hodge recently received the Us Helping Us' Founders Award

His Day is Done - A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela
by Dr. Maya Angelou

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When Charlayne Hunter Gault, former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and one of the first two Blacks students to enroll into the University of Georgia, interviewed Nelson Mandela when his oppressors released him from prison, he told Hunter-Gault that he had read Angelou’s works in prison and that she inspired him. 

The Stamp, Arkansas born Angelou now gives tribute to Mandela on behalf of the American people in A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela.

Rev Al Rips US/Mandela History

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“I think it is a betrayal of history to act as though as Nelson Mandela evolved the world embraced it. There was a real battle in this country,” Al Sharpton said on NBC’s Meet the Press.  “So when Randall Robinson and Maxine Waters and Reverend Jackson led that fight … there was major contention. They were attacked for supporting communists.

Let’s remember the ANC that he refers to, they were pursuing freedom. Many of the communist nations embraced them. This country did not. So it is not like they were born Marxist. They were born people seeking to be free. Some of the Marxist nations, either genuinely or in a self-interest way, tried to embrace that. This country did not, and fought that, and denounced them, and denigrated them. And I think that for us now to sugarcoat that is a betrayal of history. We chose sides. We chose the wrong side.” 

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Free Resume Writing &
Job Interview Skills Class

The District Department of Human Resources is offering resume writing and job interview skill classes for DC residents Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 441 4th Street, NW, in the South Lobby.

The Writing Resumes & Job Interview Techniques course will help participants to construct a résumé. Participants will also gain insight into strategies that today’s interviewers use when making their selection.  This course will also assist participants in understanding how to avoid common interview errors, learn how to answer typical interview questions, and discuss how to formulate thoughtful interview questions.

You can register online

End of the Year Financial Check

You may obtain a free copy of your credit report, which contains a report from the three nationwide credit agencies, by going to Annual Credit Report or by calling 877-322-8228. Under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.  Your free annual credit report does not include credit scores.  

Reviewing your credit report can help you detect identity theft early. Regular checks also ensure that the information about you stays accurate.

Credit reports may affect your mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests, or even your job application.

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Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.


Charting a New Course in Health Education and Health Behavior Among African Immigrant Youth
The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD
Fri, Dec 13, 8:30a-5p, $

Understanding the European-American Muslim Experience on Their Journey to Islam in America
With Corey Saylor, Imam Yahya Ederer, Lauren Schreiber, and Casey Aubin
America's Islamic Heritage Museum
2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Sat, Dec 14, 2p-3:30p

23rd Annual BZB Holiday Gift Art Show
Shiloh Family Life Center
1510 9th Street, NW
Sats Dec 14, and 21, 10a-7p, free

Mary Mary Live
West Side Auditorium
900 Gerry Street
Fri, Dec 13, 7p, $35-50

Christmas Cartoon Party
Glen Theater
20 W Ridge Road
Sat, Dec 14, 9a, $

New York (Greater)
New York Black Expo
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street
Sat, Dec 21, 12a-9p, $10/$15@door

1955 Basketball Champs Commemorated

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It was 1955 when the future NBA Hall of Famer, Milwaukee Buck Oscar Robertson would face the future two time World Champion and NBA All Star, New York Nick Dr. Dick Barnett.  Robertson played for Indianapolis, Indiana Crispus Attucks High School and Barnett played for Gary, Indiana Roosevelt High School. They were star players in the first state championship between two all-Black lineups in the United States in any sport.  Attucks defeated Roosevelt 97-74.

Robertson, Barnett, and 11 other living members of the teams gathered in Gary for the Lakeshore Classic Thanksgiving Weekend with celebrations that included a rematch of the teams - -  not the players. During the rematch, still featuring an all-Black lineup, the Attucks Tigers (named for the African-American who was the first to die for American independence from England) defeated Theodore Roosevelt High Panthers 75-54.

To redeem the City Built on Sand, The Gary West Side Academy Cougars defeated the Indianapolis Shortridge Blue Devils of Circle City in the evening’s second game, 46-37. 

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POHGEP Meets 62% of Goal

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With $240 donated on GivingTuesday by Port Of Harlem Snippets readers, the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) needs to raise only $920 before December 31, 2013. With the $240, three of the nine projects are now fully funded.

Click the button below now to make a tax deductible donation online. You can also send a check or money order to:

3215 W Street, SE
Washington, DC 20020-3364

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on the Website for November, to Date 

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