In 2017, there were 138 new cases of HIV in Wake County.

Although African Americans make up 22 percent of North Carolina’s population, they account for 64 percent of new HIV diagnoses. 

We want to change this statistic.

The Coalition 

Minorities tend to access care later in illness and are more likely to look to the church for help and guidance, rather than to traditional medicine. The church is seen as a safe haven and may be influential in HIV prevention and education.

Wake County founded the Faith Coalition to create and maintain positive community relationships that support HIV/AIDS prevention, awareness and education through faith-based organizations.

Recognizing that African Americans continue to lead in the number of new HIV cases in North Carolina, the Wake County Faith Coalition depends on the African American faith-based community to be on the forefront to break down barriers and eliminate stigma surrounding HIV.

Get Involved

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join the coalition!

We work to: 
  • Unify leaders in African American faith-based community;
  • Decrease stigma surrounding HIV/STDs;
  • Foster community among African American leaders and the community;
  • Create opportunities for HIV/STD prevention services for the faith community; and
  • Encourage churches to become more involved with issues related to HIV/STDs.
The coalition meets bimonthly at 6 p.m. at Wake County Human Services (10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh). Please call or email Lauren Jones for meeting dates.


For more information about the Wake County Faith Coalition, contact:

Lauren Jones