St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue March 4, 2003

St. Louis Black Clergy Works to Fight AIDS

St. Louis, MO – African American religious leaders in St. Louis are calling attention to the high rates of AIDS among the city's Blacks, and have pledged to address the issue from the pulpit.

Shiela Grigsby works for the HIV-AIDS Services Center at the City Health Department. She says Blacks in St. Louis have much higher infection rates than other races.

The Health Department says African Americans represent 80 percent of
HIV-AIDS cases among St. Louis women. Black men account for 67 percent of their gender's cases.

This week is the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.