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(Baltimore, MD) — Several Baltimore faith-based groups are banding together in the fight against the HIV virus and AIDS. Eleven churches across the city became testing sites where more than 40 trained volunteers administered swab tests. The goal was to test one-thousand people. It’s called Project Shalem because Shalem means “peace” or “a safe place” in the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths. Officials hope to eliminate new HIV cases in the state by teaching people how to remain HIV-negative.

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