The St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church of Humble (The Luke) will host an 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. 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, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 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 AIDS Foundation Houston, Dr. Sherri Onyiego from the Thomas Street Clinic, and Dena Fontno-Gray, the HIV Prevention Program Manager for the City of Houston and living with HIV. Testing will be provided throughout the evening for anyone who would like to be tested. National NAACP Health Department leaders will also be present.
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."
Bee Busy Wellness Center of Houston will be partnering with The Luke to conduct the HIV testing. St. Luke is a 112 year-old congregation with a membership of over 3,000 individuals.
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If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Timothy W. Sloan,
please call 281.804.8216.