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SCHP Launches ‘Get SMART’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiative

The School of Community Health & Policy (SCHP) officially launched the Get SMART (students mobilized and re-tooled to transform) Project on Friday, December 6, 2013 in conjunction with their Open House. The GET SMART project aims to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and substance use among 18 -24 year old emerging adults on campus and within a one mile radius of the campus.

The project was well attended and started with an ice-breaker that corresponded with the project tag-line “Are you smart enough?” The audience which included Morgan administrators, community members, project consultants, faith-based and community-based organizations, faculty, staff, students and project team members, were asked trivia questions about the SCHP as well as HIV in Baltimore.

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, about 60% of all youth with HIV do not know they are infected, are not getting treated, and can unknowingly pass the virus to others.