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Day of Unity to bring awareness to HIV, AIDS epidemic

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Hundreds of churches nationwide are coming together for a day of unity. It's to preach about HIV as a social justice issue.

The man behind the Vision Cathedral of Atlanta had only one goal. 

"I felt very called to just create a space for everybody and anybody black white young old gay straight."

His is one of several churches nationwide and in Atlanta that are participating in Day of Unity. 

"To talk about stigma, to talk about public health to raise awareness around our ability and our need to come together as a community and to address the issue of HIV and AIDS."

It's a time to focus on the HIV epidemic and raise awareness specifically in the black community. Statistics from Day of Unity say 40 percent of all people living with HIV are African American and 75 percent of African-Americans say that religion plays an important part in their lives. 

"HIV continues to rise in the African-American community."

Allen says his church has been doing this type work since they opened  including HIV testing and education. 

"Provide referrals and direct people to the resources that they need ."

Allen says not just Sunday but everyday is about taking care of yourself and he tells me he will continue to be there for those seeking to do so. 

"HIV is a social justice issue because when you talk about HIV you can't talk about HIV and not talk about stigma, you can't talk about HIV and not talk about discrimination."

Select churches will participate in Day of Unity on Sunday.

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