Author to give AIDS talk at BU

For immediate release: Feb. 15, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Physician and author Sharon Denise Allison-Ottey will speak about the AIDS crisis at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. There will be a meet and greet at 3 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center. Allison-Ottey will also be available to sign her book, which can be purchased at the university store, immediately following the lecture. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Allison-Ottey is the author of “All I Ever Did was Love a Man”, a novel which tells a woman’s story while identifying the issues and stereotypes associated with being diagnosed with the AIDS virus. She is a frequently requested speaker and has been featured in venues such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Black Entertainment Television, Redbook and Essence magazine.

She and her husband, Dr. Colin Ottey, established the COSHAR Foundation, which works to increase awareness and focuses on prevention, testing/screening and access to health care and treatment. COSHAR is based in Washington, D.C. and collaborates with a network of non-profit organizations throughout the country to sponsor screenings, special programs and workshops for the community, especially targeted to the at-risk population.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.