A conference scheduled for Oct. 22 in Baltimore is aimed at addressing the unique issues facing women living with HIV and AIDS.

Legends and Younguns

Now in its 10th year, the Legends and Young’uns Conference was organized by the group Older Women Embracing Life in collaboration with the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy and the Johns Hopkins University AIDS Education Training Center.

Dorcas Baker, one of the event’s organizers, said that that it can sometimes be difficult for women with HIV and AIDS to disclose their status to close friends and family.

“You may be the matriarch in the family. How can you share with them that you have such a stigmatizing disease?” she said. Additionally, some older women may not be aware of the latest ways to keep themselves safe while they are sexually active. To that end, the conference will include information on subjects including prevention, education, testing and other educational resources.

Baker said the “legends” in the event’s title are those women who have lived with HIV and AIDS for some time, and the “young’uns” are those who are newly diagnosed. She said the conference is a way to foster community and let women with HIV and AIDS know that they are not alone and that a happy life is possible.

She said they were expecting women not only from Maryland, but from surrounding areas such as Washington, D.C, Delaware and Virginia. The conference will be held on Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morgan State University.