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In 'Day of Unity,' black churches offer HIV testing, services

In 'Day of Unity,' black churches offer HIV testing, services

Aaron Davis and Deborah Ivory stepped to the front of Douglas Memorial Community Church in West Baltimore as the music played during the Sunday morning service and extended their hands.

A pinprick later, the two ministers had been tested for HIV and Hepatitis C — in an unconventional public demonstration to show those in the pews the quickness, ease and importance of the process.

Free testing was offered in the church basement following the service.

Douglas and about 120 black churches across the country held a “Day of Unity” Sunday, using the pulpit to urge people to get tested and connecting those who are HIV-positive with services.

The event was part of the...

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