UR HIV Vaccine Trials Unit Helps Recognize Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 07, 2003

When:            Friday, Feb. 7

Time:            10 a.m.

Where:            Liberty Pole Monument, intersection of East Avenue, East Main and Franklin streets in Rochester

The University of Rochester HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, in conjunction with Black Men Latino Men Health Crisis, Men of Color Health Awareness Project, and Community Health Network, today will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the Liberty Pole Monument.

During the event, a Monroe County legislator (name to be released at news conference) will be tested. He will take the OraSure test at MOCHA, Men of Color Health Awareness Project, Sibley Building, 25 Franklin St., Suite 1060.

The Rev. Dr. Richard Douglass, pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, will lead a prayer vigil.

It is the third annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide community mobilization effort to emphasize the state of HIV/AIDS among African Americans and to encourage individuals to be tested for HIV/AIDS, the No. 1 killer of African American men and women ages 25-44.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be observed nationwide in 14 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and Washington, D.C.

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