Maryland: Glenarden Group Working to Raise Awareness About HIV/AIDS
February 25, 2010
The Glenarden-based nonprofit Heart to Hand Inc., is building on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held Feb. 7, to inform residents that every day is critical to preventing the disease.
The area has the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Prince George's County. Heart to Hand operates out of the H.O.P.E. and Resource Center in Glenarden Apartments, assisting 155 clients with HIV/AIDS referral and counseling needs, said center Director Essie Willis. The privately run outreach is a certified Housing and Urban Development neighborhood network center, she said. Approximately 55 percent of clients are female and 99 percent are black.
To commemorate the awareness event, the group distributed gift bags filled with candy, condoms, and contact numbers for area HIV/AIDS agencies to barbershops and salons in high-prevalence areas, including Capitol Heights, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, and Landover.
02.25.2010; Natalie McGill