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Nassau County to host HIV and AIDS awareness panel

The Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building is

The Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building is at 1550 Franklin Ave. in the village of Mineola. It is the seat of Nassau County government. The building, also known the Old Nassau County Courthouse, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. (June 26, 2012) (Credit: Amy Onorato)

Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages will host a panel discussion Feb. 14 centering on AIDS and HIV awareness.

Representatives from about 20 federal and local agencies and advocacy groups will attend, his office said, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition.

Derek Lawrence, a legislative aide for Solages, said the event is designed to kick-start a campaign to raise awareness and implement prevention initiatives. Upon convening, Lawrence said, the goal is for health experts and lawmakers to consider a variety of “social marketing” approaches.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola, Hearing Room 136. Those interested in attending should contact the legislator’s office at 516-571-6203, or email Lawrence at dlawrence@nassaucountyny.gov.

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