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THE LUKE TAKES A STAND FOR HIV/AIDS AWARENESS
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church of Humble Hosts Second HIV/AIDS Awareness
Town Hall Meeting
The St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church of Humble (The Luke) will host its' second HIV/AIDS Awareness Town Hall Meeting in an effort to bring education and awareness to the issue of HIV/AIDS in our churches and community. This event is designed to inform and inspire adults and teens to talk about HIV/AIDS, it's impact on the community and preventive measures. This year's theme is "It Could Be You: Moving from Awareness to Engagement". The church has developed an ongoing campaign entitled "The Luke Stands," designed to target various social awareness issues to provide education, create awareness, and promote engagement. "It is imperative that the church today, maintain its legacy of social witness," said Dr. Timothy W. Sloan, St. Luke's Senior Pastor.
The HIV/AIDS Awareness Town Hall Meeting will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at The Luke worship campus located at 2380 S. Houston Avenue, Humble, TX 77396. The town hall meeting panelists will include: representatives from the Thomas Street Clinic, Dena Gray-Hughes, the HIV Prevention Program Manager for the City of Houston and her husband, Daniel Hughes. Testing will be provided throughout the evening for anyone who would like to be tested by Bee Busy Wellness Center of Houston, The Luke's ongoing partner. Radio One station Majic 102.1 also plans to be in attendance along with food truck vendors, prizes, music and entertainment for the youth as part of this year's event.
More than 30 years into the epidemic, HIV still has a disproportionate impact on the Black community. Black men and women continue to carry the highest burden of the epidemic in Houston. While they represent 24 percent of the population, Blacks account for 55 percent of all adult cases of HIV in Harris County. While Blacks represent 14 percent of the total U.S. population, they account for approximately 44 percent of new HIV infections. One in 16 Black men and one in 32 Black women are at risk of contracting HIV during their lifetimes. Sloan says, "The Black Church must lead the effort in addressing this epidemic affecting the African American community at a disproportionate rate. This is not just a programming issue; it's a matter of courage and prophetic confrontation. We must begin to take real steps to change the path of this epidemic."
St. Luke is a 112 year-old congregation with a membership of over 4,200 individuals.
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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Timothy W. Sloan, please call 281.788.5269