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Knowing means better decisions, choices, and responsibilities. As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and for many young Black men in the city of Newark being aware of their HIV status is taking responsibility and making choices, for themselves and for others. In 2001 the African-American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC), an inner city community-based organization was founded by Gary Paul Wright, its current executive director, to address the needs of the Black gay community in Newark with a slogan, “Status Is Everything.” Using its own