HIV/AIDS Ministry

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the HIV/AIDS ministry to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS in churches and communities in the Baltimore City area through education, testing and prevention counseling.

What is HIV/AIDS?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

No safe and effective cure currently exists, but scientists are working hard to find one, and remain hopeful. Meanwhile, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is often called antiretroviral therapy or ART. It can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can have a nearly normal life expectancy.
      -Center for Disease Control

Did you know?

•    Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginning, and that disparity has deepened over time.
•    Blacks account for more new HIV infections, people estimated to be living with HIV disease, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S. The epidemic has also had a disproportionate impact on Black women, youth, and gay and bisexual men, and its impact varies across the country.
•    While Maryland ranks 19th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in total population, in 2010 Maryland was ninth in cumulative number of AIDS cases (37,467 through December 31, 2010) and second among U.S. states and territories in estimated adult/adolescent AIDS diagnosis rate (22.1 diagnoses per 100,000 population during 2010).
•    Baltimore-Towson had the fourth highest estimated adult/adolescent AIDS diagnosis rate of any major metropolitan area, 26.8 diagnoses per 100,000 population during 2010. Zip code 21215 has the highest rate in Baltimore city with 22 diagnoses per 100,000 population during 2010.

Get Tested:

Free confidential HIV testing and prevention counseling

On the second Saturday of every month, the HIV/AIDS Community Outreach team works in partnership with the Jacques Initiative to offer free confidential HIV Testing and compassionate support while encouraging the community at large to get tested, and to seek and maintain treatment. 

Testing consists of:

•    Oral Swab
•    No blood draw; no finger prick
•    Onsite results within 20 minutes
•    Onsite counseling

Hours and location:

•    2812 Reisterstown Road
•    10am-2pm

Get Help

If you would like more information regarding testing locations, supporting the community in obtaining results, and follow up care please contact Jacques Initiative via web at 
http://www.jacques.umaryland.edu or via phone (410) 706-4323