Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation
Baltimore, MD (November 29, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration recognizes December 1 as World AIDS Day, along with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many local partners.
DHMH will host a commemorative program on Friday, November. 30, at the O'Connor Building Lobby, 210 W. Preston St. in Baltimore, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (agenda attached). This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.” Guest speakers will include Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, DHMH secretary, and Dr. Patrick Chaulk, assistant commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department.
"I thank Maryland's many partners for their efforts on HIV testing, prevention, and treatment," said Dr. Sharfstein. “World AIDS Day reminds us of the necessity of continued progress against the HIV pandemic.”
According to the CDC, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. As of Dec. 31, 2010, there are 30,132 Marylanders living with HIV. Maryland ranks second among the nation’s states and territories for its rate of estimated AIDS diagnoses. Baltimore city ranks first in the State of Maryland for its rate of reported AIDS diagnoses.
“We encourage all Marylanders who are 13 years of age and older to be tested annually for HIV as part of your routine medical care,” said Deborah McGruder, director of DHMH’s Infectious Disease Bureau. “People living with HIV should seek medical treatment and stay on their medications so they can live longer, healthier lives.”
For additional information on HIV testing and care services in Maryland, call 410-767-5227 or visithttp://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov. For a calendar of World AIDS Day community events please see the attached PDF calendar listing.