Courier-Journal (Louisville) (06.20.07) - Wednesday, June 27,
In an effort to stop HIV/AIDS from spreading further into the
African-American community, Louisville's Forest Baptist Church
is hosting free HIV testing days on Wednesday, National HIV
Testing Day, and on June 30. The local efforts are part of the
national nonprofit Balm in Gilead's campaign to fight HIV/AIDS
in Africa and US black communities. Metro Public Health &
Wellness representatives will administer rapid-result oral HIV
tests at the church events.
"The main reason we want to do this is because of the
devastation AIDS is causing in the African-American
community," said the Rev. John O. Crittenden, pastor of Forest
Baptist. Young and old alike must learn the importance of
knowing their HIV status, he said. "If we don't do anything
we're going to lose a whole generation and will permit
genocide to go on in our community."
"This is just the beginning," said Crittenden. "We don't see a
light yet, but we know a light is there. The day there is a
cure for HIV/AIDS or the day we can prevent a person from
contracting the disease is when we'll feel like we're getting
The church, located at 4500 Petersburg Rd., will offer HIV
testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 30. For more
information, telephone 502-454-0189.