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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 15 May 2007
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Emory Vaccine Center's Hope Clinic Events Highlight HIV Vaccine Weekend
The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center will host events in support of international HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18. This year the Atlanta activities will span the weekend, including a 5K fun run and walk.

"A safe, affordable HIV prevention vaccine offers our greatest hope to gain control over the global AIDS problem. HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is an important annual opportunity to increase the public's knowledge about HIV/AIDS, vaccines, and clinical trials," according to Mark Mulligan, MD, executive medical director of the Hope Clinic. "In addition to these events we wish to say 'thank you' to our many vaccine volunteers, who make progress possible."

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Events, May 18 Co-sponsored by the Hope Clinic, SisterLove, Inc. and Hopewell Baptist Church.

An educational symposium will feature Bishop William Sheals of Hopewell Baptist Church in Norcross, Ga., along with the Rev. Edwin Sanders of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tenn. and the Rev. Matthew Williams of First African Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga.

The program will seek to dispel common myths about HIV/AIDS, HIV vaccines and clinical trials. It also will examine the impact of HIV/AIDS in the black community, increase awareness of the urgent need for an HIV vaccine and share information about ongoing HIV vaccine research. Finally, it will increase the community's knowledge and understanding of the scientific and social issues relating to HIV vaccines and HIV vaccine research.

The symposium is hosted at Hopewell Baptist Church, 182 Hunter Street in Norcross. Ga. Support for this event is provided by the NIH-NIAID HIV Vaccine Research Education Initiative with additional support from Abbott Laboratories. Collaborating organizations include AID Atlanta, AID Gwinnett, AIDS Survival Project, AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health, Action Cycling Atlanta, Atlanta Harm Reduction Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Concerned Black Clergy, Humanitarian Endeavors, Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, the Institute for Health Protection, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Legacy Project, the Emory Center for AIDS Research, National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities, and Recovery Consultants.

This event is free, but reservations are requested by May 17 to 877-424-4673 or 404-712-9000. Free parking is available at the church.

Hope Springs Eternal 5K

The fourth annual Hope Springs Eternal 5K Fun Run/Walk begins Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Main Pavilion in Decatur Square (registration from 8-8:45 a.m.). Walkers are welcome, and dogs and strollers are OK. Others are welcome to cheer or to volunteer to help on race day. T-shirts, food, and prizes are included.

Sponsorship generously provided by Abbott and Kroger along with support from Action Cycling Atlanta, Chick-fil-A, Publix, Georgia Power, Especially Baskets, Starbucks, Atlanta Bread Company, Mediterranean Grill, Java Monkey, Chocolate, Brick Store Pub, Sweet Melissa's, Mick's, Smoothie King, Holiday Inn, Taco Mac, Chipotle, and Standard Press.

To register for the race by May 16 ($25), go to www.active.com or www.rungeorgia.com or at the Main Pavilion location on race day ($30).

To learn more about all these and other Hope Clinic activities, please call 877-424-HOPE (4673) or visit our website at www.hopeclinic.emory.edu



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