updated 5/10/2010 11:10:10 AM ET 2010-05-10T15:10:10

Clergy, elected officials, the medical community, activists and advocates for HIV/AIDS prevention are coming together and using public policy to fight the disease in the African-American community.

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS is opening an Atlanta affiliate. The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, will chair the group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Atlanta has the 11th-highest AIDS rate in the country.

Warnock says most efforts n the city have been centered around education, treatment, prevention and basic services. The commission's work will focus on public policy issues including legislation, school curriculum and educating clergy on addressing the disease.

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