December 23, 2009
NJ Activist Lobbies Religious Leaders on HIV Prevention
AIDS activist Deloris Dockery is having some success
lobbying religious leaders in Newark, New Jersey, to discuss HIV prevention
with their congregations, NJ.com reports.
According to the article, Dockery was diagnosed with HIV in
1994. She has since earned a master’s degree in public health and now heads the
One Conversation program at the New Jersey–based Hyacinth AIDS Foundation.
As part of her outreach work, Dockery travels to churches
throughout the Newark area giving presentations and organizing testing centers.
She urges religious leaders to talk about safer sex, needle exchange programs
and early detection.
One in 47 people in Newark is living with HIV/AIDS. And one in
62 African Americans in New Jersey is living with HIV/AIDS compared with one in
705 whites, according to the city’s Department of Health and Senior Services.
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