Black Churches in Florida, Nationwide, Launch HIV/AIDS Testing Initiative Targeted Toward Black Community
April 16, 2008
Black religious leaders across Florida have launched a joint initiative between the state Department of Health and the African Methodist Episcopal Church to establish an HIV/AIDS testing site in at least one church in every county in an effort to address the high HIV/AIDS rate among black state residents, the Orlando Sentinel reports. In Florida, HIV/AIDS-related conditions are the leading cause of death for blacks ages 25 to 44, according to the health department. Blacks make up 14% of the state's population but accounted for 54% of all AIDS cases reported in 2007, state health department figures show.
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