With nearly 30,000 Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS, Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. along with members of the Maryland Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, local health departments and community based-organizations have created an alliance to address specifically HIV infections among MSM (men who have sex with men) in the state. This community is targeted because a 2009 report indicated that MSM made up 46 percent of all new HIV diagnoses.
“We recognize that faith-based organizations have done much of the important work needed to increase HIV awareness, education and testing in the general community,” said Carlton R. Smith, President of Baltimore Black Pride in a statement. “However, a specific reach is needed to the African-American gay and bisexual, and/or same gender-loving community.”
Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. will convene an open forum with spiritual leaders and the community of Baltimore City on Sept. 27 called “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” Special guest moderator will be radio talk show host Anthony McCarthy. The forum will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eubie Blake National Jazz & Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Admission is free and open to the public.
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