Thousands Tested for HIV/AIDS in June
By Don Flynn
Elena Rios, M.D.
WASHINGTON—The final tally is not in yet, but all signs point to a tremendously successful day on June 27 when the lives of up to tens of thousands of Americans were saved because they underwent a routine medical test.
The testing was part of National HIV Testing Day, a concerted campaign to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which has resulted in 1.1 million victims—more than 20 percent of whom do not know they have the disease.
“We are very pleased that the HIV testing campaign was so successful in reaching out to Americans in a well-coordinated campaign backed by President Obama and many government and private agencies,” said the Rev. Dr. Luonne Rouse, a minister as well as a professional therapist.
Noting that many people were previously fearful of getting tested, the minister said, “I am sure we have connected with a great number of AIDS victims who didn’t even know they had the disease, and if we saved just one life it was well worth it. But we know many lives have been saved.”
The Black AIDS Institute praised the National HIV Testing Day as a major step in reaching 200,000 or so Americans to find out if they are infected so they can begin dealing with the disease.
That is the estimated number of people, including many blacks, who are living with HIV and do not know it, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“The testing day was vital in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS b...Read More
Howard Dean Trulear, Ph.D.
NEW YORK--Religion in America is in a state of flux, but the black church continues to face not only discrimination and poverty, but new economic woes, as well.
There are many factors for the changing state--outstanding among them is long-standing racism--but the economy is proving to be a new engine that is driving the problem to new heights.
When religion collides with the economy, the people turn to God, Howard University Theology Professor Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., told The Spiritual Herald.
“More and more people historically in times of poverty and econ...Read More
CPRHE met in June at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem to discuss the September 17th rally. Standing (from left to right): Rev. Dr. Clyde Anderson, C. Ravin, Darnell Moore, Greg Hankins, Tamara Evans, Monique Haddleman, Scott Mbane, Minister Yolanda Brown, Richardeanea Theodore, R.N., Stefan Webster and Rev. Dr. Luonne Rouse. Seated (l to r): T. Albright and Lucy White.
NEW YORK--The re-election of President Obama is key to preserving and expanding healthcare and other gains made by blacks and other minorities.
That is the view of Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality, which announced plans in June to hold a massive rally on September 13, 2011 at the Harlem State Office Building.
The independent campaign, which is seeking to enlist the support of America’s minority churches and healthcare providers, is also aimed at preventing the continuing, widespread verbal abuses against Obama.
Entitled “Save the Pres...Read More