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Volunteers in Baltimore encourage HIV testing

Hundreds of volunteers are fanning out areas of Baltimore hardest hit by HIV and AIDS to encourage people to get tested.

Free testing will be available at seven locations across the city on Tuesday.

The Project SHALEM HIV testing drive has trained more than 100 volunteers from the faith-based community to provide free HIV/AIDS testing at places of worship and elsewhere. Since 2009, Project SHALEM has tested 3,556 people.

The effort includes the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology’s JACQUES Initiative, the Maryland Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration and community- and faith-based institutions.