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Clayton State raising health awareness flag

— Clayton State University’s Health Services departments wants people to know “life’s a roller coaster” and that they should “have a safe ride.”

Health officials at the university are talking about health issues — particularly sexually transmitted diseases — rather than carnival rides, however. Health Services has taken the slogans “Life is a Roller Coaster” and “Have A Safe Ride” and made them into the theme for its upcoming Awareness Fair.

The fair will be held Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on “Main Street” in the James M. Baker University Center, on the university’s main campus in Morrow. It will include a presentation on HIV awareness, health activities, games, information stations and give-a-ways, according to university officials.

The general public is invited to attend the event.

“STDs are public health problems that lack easy solutions because they are rooted in human behavior and fundamental societal problems,” said holistic health practitioner Reggie Smith, who will give a keynote address at the fair, in a written statement. “Indeed, there are many obstacles to effective prevention efforts.

“The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs.”