The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

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."

According to Heather Hauck, director of the Maryland Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, between 6,000 and 9,000 people in the area are HIV-infected and do not know it.

IHV partners with faith-based groups to do HIV testing outreach because they can access the heart of a community, said Redfield. "If you can get that faith community to be engaged with that individual, you've just enhanced your community health assets enormously."

People began streaming in for testing as soon as the clinic opened at 10 a.m. A van was stationed outside to provide counseling services for those who tested positive.

Back to other news for July 2010

Adapted from:
Baltimore Sun
07.20.2010; Sarah Tan

  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

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.
See Also
More News on HIV Support and Care in Maryland

No comments have been made.

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining: