New York Doctors, Faith Leaders Promote HIV Awareness
April 2, 2014
This article was reported by Democrat and Chronicle.
The Democrat and Chronicle announced a meeting of faith leaders and medical professionals on April 4, in the Rochester, N.Y., area to address HIV prevention among minorities. The second annual Conference of Faith and Medicine -- Working Together to Eliminate HIV/AIDS will be held at the Staybridge Suites on 1000 Genesee Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The New York State AIDS Institute is providing partial funding for the conference, which also is intended for social services and neighborhood organizations. According to Dr. Linda Clark, medical committee chairperson of the Rochester affiliate of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, HIV/AIDS is not only a medical problem, but social as well.
Data from Monroe County Department of Public Health show that deaths from AIDS have declined and are lower in Monroe County than in the state, but the county's HIV/AIDS rates are the highest in the state. Except for New York City, people of color in Monroe County had a significantly higher rate of new HIV cases from 2008 to 2010. Of the 80 cases reported in Monroe County since late 2010, 36 were in 14-24 year olds. This statistic increases the urgency of dealing with HIV among county residents. Clark noted that it also is important to focus on other at risk groups such as inmates; the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; and homeless teens. To this end, the conference includes a workshop on making faith and medical centers more responsive to the LGBT community.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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