Author, actor and activist Lou Gossett Jr. will participate in a community dialogue about HIV and AIDS on Dec. 7 from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Loker Student Union at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. He will discuss the impact of the disease on communities of color and will highlight the importance of a united community response.

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, African Americans account for almost half (46 percent) of people living with HIV in the United States, as well as nearly half (45 percent) of new infections each year. Black men are at the highest risk for contracting the HIV infection; and finally, there is still a perception on the part of many people of color that HIV is only a threat to White, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.