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HIV Testing Day marked with testing, advertising events

HIV testing will be done June 26

As National HIV Testing Day approaches, there will be a testing event held this week in Baltimore and the launch of an educational campaign.

This will be the fourth year for Project SHALEM's City Uprising HIV Outreach Day, a collaboration with the University of Maryland's JACQUES Initiative at the Institute of Human Virology. It will involved 400 volunteers to provide testing and links to care.

The project has trained hundreds of people from faith, academic and community circles to test more than 5,500 people.

Testing will be done Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. at several locations. Click here for details.

And also to mark the testing day, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kaiser Family Foundation, Greater Than AIDS and other groups.

The state department is launching the Greater Than AIDS Campaign in Maryland. The movement is a national community outreach effort to get out more information and reduce the stigma of the disease. It will involve radio, billboard and other adversising.

There are 30,000 people living with HIV in Maryland and an estimated 7,500 more people in the state who don't know they have the disease, according to the health department.

For information about prevention, testing, treatment and support services in the state, call 410-767-5227 or go to the health department website.

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