Maryland: Volunteers, Advocates Hold a Day of Free HIV Testing, Counseling
July 27, 2010
The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland partnered on July 19 with churches and interfaith centers to offer free testing at the Seventh Metro Baptist Church in Baltimore's Charles North neighborhood. Organizers hoped the event would test more than 1,500 people, surpassing last year's total of about 1,000 participants.
"The Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area is one of the major epicenters of the epidemic," said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of clinical care at IHV. "The tragedy is that almost 26 years after the diagnostic test became available, somewhere between 25 to 30 percent of people don't know if they're infected, and that's what's continuing to drive the epidemic."
07.20.2010; Sarah Tan
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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