As part of National HIV Testing Day on Saturday, a series of block party events are scheduled that are aimed at providing more than 800 community members with HIV testing, health screenings, and wrap-around services. These events will be held at five Baltimore City sites, located in zip codes facing high rates of HIV and other health disparities.
Hosted by The JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in partnership with the Gallery Church of Baltimore and Hope Springs, services will include free HIV testing and linkage to care, blood pressure screening, healthy lifestyle education, medication reconciliation, case management services, oral cancer screening, oral health education and legal advice. This year’s event will have a special focus on engaging young people.
They will take place at: Martin Pollack Project, Inc., 3701 Eastern Ave. 12-6 p.m.; St. Matthews UMC, 416 E. 23rd St. 12-6 p.m.; Payne Memorial AME, 1714 Madison Ave. 12-6 p.m.; Unity UMC, 1433 Edmondson Ave. 12-6 p.m.; and First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison Ave. 4-9 p.m.
Each site will host a block party where food, games, community resources and HIV and health screenings will be offered. For more information, call Liz Ellis at 410-706-6817 or visit jacques.umaryland.edu.