BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in Brunswick, Georgia has a local pastor there taking action. He is going door to door handing out condoms to adults and urging residents to come to his church later this month for what he is calling "Get Tested Sunday." The health department will be on hand offering free and confidential AIDS tests.
Reverend Kenneth Adkins said,"As a pastor I understand . I preach from the pulpit please wait until you are married to have sex but if you look at the alarming numbers of new HIV cases especially in the African-American community obviously no one is listening."
While residents in the McIntyre Court community were surprised to see a pastor handing out condoms most welcomed his visit.
Resident Bryan Hill said, "I think that's wonderful. We need more pastors like that."
Gwendolyn Kittles said, "Every day you are finding someone is dying from that so really they need protection."
While Adkins says he is not promoting pre-marital sex he can't ignore the fact it's happening.
"It's an AIDS epidemic. People don't want to talk about certain things and especially from the pulpit people don't want to talk about it but in Brunswick in particular they are number 2 in the state of Georgia in comparison to metro-Atlanta and those are crazy numbers in a small town like this. It's just crazy so we have to do what we have to do. "
Reverend Adkins hopes to have the sanctuary at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship Church full on September 30th. The local health department will be on hand offering free HIV/AIDS tests from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. that Sunday, and the pastor says he will lead by example. Right before he preaches he says he will take an AIDS tests before the congregation.
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