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Saving Grace: Health and Healing for Gay Men in the Black Church

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African Americans make up only six percent of San Francisco’s population, but they are nine times more likely than whites to have AIDS. This video looks at the group most at risk for the disease, black gay men, and how the church community affects their HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

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Norman Tanner, Black Brothers Esteem outreach coordinator, San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Micah Lubensky, community development manager, San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Susan Kegeles, co-director, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

George Bridges, choir member, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

Cecil Williams, minister and founder, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

Janice Mirikitani, founding president, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

Paul Harkin, HIV services coordinator, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church Clinic

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