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Groups Join to Stop Spread of HIV Among Blacks

March 31, 2003

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS is starting a local affiliate in Cleveland to work to stop the spread of HIV among blacks. NAACP reached out to the commission because of the disproportionate number of blacks infected with HIV, said George Forbes, local NAACP president. The new campaign is expected to rely heavily on churches to help increase awareness about the virus. The partnership will also lobby for more federal and state money to fight AIDS, especially for prevention. The effort will look at ways of expanding AIDS programs in public schools, create a Web site and chat room to provide doctors with information about HIV/AIDS, and develop confidential centers where people can receive information.

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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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