The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Surveillance Report of 2015 showed that the Baltimore metropolitan area (including Columbia and Towson) ranked No. 4 in the country for the number of reported living cases of HIV ( behind Miami, New York, and Baton Rouge, La.).
In fact, Baltimore City, especially ZIP codes 21201 (including the University of Maryland, Baltimore), 21223 (West Baltimore), and 21217 (Druid Hill,) has the highest number of cases living with HIV in the state. African-Americans, particularly young adults 20 to 29 years old, are the most affected. What can we do to change these statistics?
Allie Reitz, senior specialist in prevention, education, and community outreach programs at the JACQUES Initiative, will be giving an overview of HIV/Hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and training at noon on March 22 at Davidge Hall. We hope that the partnership between the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG) and the JACQUES Initiative will lead to a decrease in HIV/HCV health disparities and better education and outreach to prevent new HIV/HCV infections.
Join us in the movement to make a difference in Baltimore City!