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Georgia: Pastor Takes HIV Test at Sunday Service

March 15, 2010

Declaring war on "the unholy trinity of silence, shame, and stigma," the senior pastor of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church took an HIV test during Sunday's morning worship service. "I'm very convinced that if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would be focused on the issue of HIV/AIDS," the Rev. Raphael Warnock told the congregation once led by the civil rights icon. Twenty minutes after taking the rapid oral test, Warnock returned to the pulpit to announce his result was negative and to challenge other faith leaders to take the test in public. Free, confidential HIV tests were offered to members after the service, which was part of the 21st annual observance of National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

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Adapted from: (Atlanta)
03.15.2010; Jennifer Leslie

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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