On July 19th, 2010, The Gallery Church of Baltimore, the JACQUES Initiative of the University of MD Institute of Virology, and Hope Springs are collaborating with congregations and non-profit community centers throughout Baltimore to offer what may be the largest single day of Free HIV Testing in Baltimore’s entire history, with the ambitious goal of testing near 2000 people in a single day. The testing day is part of the Gallery Church’s City Uprising Service Week as well as the JACQUES Initiative’s greater “Project Shalem” focused on partnering with and mobilizing faith-based community to fight HIV. To learn more about this initiative, see my previous post, “City Uprising HIV/AIDS Testing: July 19th”
We are encouraging everyone to come out on the 19th to get tested regardless of your social-economic background or even if you have been tested before. With 50% of new HIV infections caused by 20% of carriers who are unaware of their status, it is every person’s responsibility to know where they stand with HIV.
- Testing will take place from 9 AM to 9 PM, all day long.
- Testing is 100% free.
- The test requires no needles (only a cotton swab in the mouth),
- Results are available in only 20 minutes
- A Free Meal will be provided for anyone who gets tested.
HIV is not a problem reserved for a certain community or a specific class of people. It is a virus that looks for every opportunity it can to spread itself. As such, only when our city comes together in unity and community can we really stamp it out. We are still looking for volunteers to work with us throughout the day to support our testing sites as administrative workers as well as with our street teams to canvass the neighborhoods around testing sites. Visit Together Baltimore to learn more about how you can get involved or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Registration and training will take place Sunday, July 18th, from 12-4pm, at the Gallery Church’s Broom Corn Building at 1407 Fleet St. Walk-ins are welcome.
Twelve of our fourteen testing sites are listed below. Also look for this list in the the Thursday, July 15th edition of The B Free Daily available throughout the streets of Baltimore.
In addition to the twelve sites listed above, there will also be Two Mobile Testing Units located by Lexington Market and the intersection of West Franklin Street and Franklintown Road. For a complete map of testing sites visit our public Google Map of City Uprising Testing Sites.
You can stay connected with news and updates on this City-wide Testing Day along with City Uprising’s other service initiatives by joining following @BmoreUprising through Twitter or join our City Uprising Baltimore Facebook Group Page. This is an amazing opportunity for the citizens of Baltimore city to come together for a truly important cause and movement. I hope you will join us.