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New Orleans HIV Awareness Billboards Sparking Controversy

June 8, 2009

A billboard campaign in New Orleans that seeks to raise awareness of HIV has sparked controversy as some residents consider the ads -- which feature characters that represent specific sexually transmitted infections -- offensive, reports. The campaign, run by a church-based HIV prevention group at St. John Faith Church, features a group of so-called "HIV prevention mobsters." The group, which has several billboards across the city, contends that the campaign is effective because there has been an increase in the number of people calling the church seeking information about HIV testing (, 6/5).

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