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Hundreds take to Streets to Urge Individuals to Visit HIV/AIDS Testing Sites
Date of Event: Monday, July 19, 2010
Time: 10:00 am press conference, 10 am to 8 pm testing
Where: 7th Metro Church, 30 E. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
What: A Press Conference at 10:00 am to launch Day of Testing at 15 Faith-based Sites:
· US Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
· Heather Hauck, MD Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration
· Derek Spencer, MS CRNP, Executive Director, JACQUES Initiative
· Ellis Prince, Pastor, Gallery Church Baltimore
The JACQUES Initiative, a program at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in partnership with the MD Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration and several local faith-based and community organizations, will mark one year since the launch of Project SHALEM on Monday, July 19th during City Uprising Baltimore, a community service event sponsored by the Gallery Church Baltimore. Volunteers from states along the East Coast and as far away as Alsaska will descend upon Baltimore to offer community services and encourage Baltimoreans to know their HIV status and get tested.
Since 2002, the JACQUES Initiative has been working in the hardest hit communities of Baltimore, offering observational drug therapy for people living with HIV to overcome barriers that may prevent them from being adherent to their medications. The JACQUES Initiative has formed many partnerships to reach the community, including faith-based organizations. It has become obvious to program staff that HIV testing needs to be brought into the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to provide a safe haven for HIV testing. Faith-based volunteers have already begun HIV testing and counseling training, sponsored by Maryland Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, with the support of the JACQUES Initiative’s on-the-ground presence and technical expertise in testing, counseling, linkage to care, medical services, and observational HIV drug therapy.
To observe Baltimore’s faith-based community openly addressing the HIV pandemic at 7th Metro Church, please plan to attend the press conference and some of the day’s events. Community volunteers will already be in attendance. We request that you contact Nora Grannell, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore [email protected] or (410) 706-1954 in advance.