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Spelman College Teams with the Reed For Hope Foundation and OraQuick to Host the “Life. As We Know It.” LoveHealthy Celebrity Panel Discussion












For Immediate Release
October 9, 2013

Media Contacts:
Audrey Arthur
Spelman College
404-270-5892
aarthur3@spelman.edu
Twitter: @spelmanmedia

Jennifer Moritz
Zer0 to 5ive
917-748-4006
jmoritz@0to5.com


Dr. Rachael Ross, Demetria L. Lucas, Jacque Reid, Eva Marcille, and Naturi Naughton to Participate in Panel Discussion on Dating and Relationships

WHAT:   
Spelman College, in conjunction with the Reed for Hope Foundation and OraQuick, will present a relationship panel discussion to explore dating, relationships and sexual health. The goal of the panel, part of OraQuick’s “Life. As We Know It.” campaign and Reed for Hope Foundation’s LoveHealthy initiative, is to provide insight through real dialogue to encourage healthy relationships and promote responsibility as it relates to sexual health. The group will also partner with Spelman’s Department of Student Health Services to encourage students to get tested for conditions like STIs, HIV, breast cancer, and blood pressure to affirm their love for wellness and health and celebrate Spelman’s Wellness Revolution.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

WHO:    
•Dr. Rachael Ross: physician, sex expert, and co-host of television show "The Doctors"
•Demetria L. Lucas: author, life coach and relationship expert
•Jacque Reid: national television/radio personality and veteran journalist
•Eva Marcille: Reed For Hope Ambassador, actress, television host and fashion model
•Naturi Naughton: Reed For Hope Ambassador, actress and singer-songwriter

WHEN/WHERE:
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                
Spelman College, Sisters Chapel                 
350 Spelman Lane S.W.          
Atlanta, GA 30314            

WHY:     
OraQuick®, the In-Home HIV Test, has launched the “Life. As We Know It.” campaign that will entertain, inform and engage today's modern African-American woman with candid, real talk about life, love and sex. The inviting and uplifting interactive panel conversations will be structured like a talk show and will be hosted by an esteemed trio of celebrity panelists from the community.

The Reed For Hope Foundation’s mission is to improve the vitality of the global village by working to change specific cultural attitudes about wellness, disease prevention and health disparities through the strategic implementation of messages and programs that impact social trends. We aim to inspire our friends, our partners and our communities to join us in raising our voices on targeted health issues while bringing focus, action and HOPE to causes that enhance the quality of living for all.

NOTE:
Interviews with the panelists are available prior to and following the event.


About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About OraQuick
The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test is the first ever in-home rapid HIV test made available directly to consumers. It detects antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with an oral swab, providing a safe, effective and confidential in-home testing option with results in as little as 20 minutes. It is available in most national drugstore and mass merchandiser retail outlets nationwide and online at CVS/CVS.com, Rite Aid/RiteAid.com,Walgreens/Walgreens.com, Walmart/Walmart.com, and on Drugstore.com and OraQuick.com. OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR), is the maker of the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test.

About The Reed For Hope Foundation
The Reed For Hope Foundation’s mission is to improve the vitality of the global village by changing specific cultural attitudes about wellness, disease prevention and health disparities through the strategic implementation of messages that impact pop culture. We aim to inspire our friends, our partners and our communities to join us in raising our voices on targeted health issues while bringing focus, action and HOPE to causes that enhance the quality of living for all.    For more information, visit www.reedforhope.org.





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