TAKE CONTROL! GET EDUCATED! GET TESTED! KNOW YOUR STATUS!
More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, but one in six does not know they are positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Americans between the ages of 13-64 get tested for HIV as part of routine health care. Early diagnosis and treatment improves health, extends life and helps prevent the spread of HIV.
HIV is a growing problem in the African-American community, particularly for men here in Richmond, Virginia. Blacks are 9 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS so we need more people to get tested and know their status, we need to encourage men to have healthier and honest dialogue about their sexual health and wellness.
In fact, in the City of Richmond, nearly 2500 individuals are living with HIV disease and many more people are infected but unaware of their status. Richmond has one of the highest rates for new HIV infections in the Commonwealth of Virginia, averaging approximately 90 new cases (based on newly reported cases for 2009-2013). Minority communities, especially the African-American community, are disportionately impacted by HIV with significantly higher rates than whites, reports the Richmond City Health District.
Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP HIV TEST SITE:
Friday, June 27, 9am-1pm
Fairfield Resource Center
2311 North 25th Street
Testers: Minority Health Consortium
Richmond City Health District HIV TEST SITE:
Richmond City Health District is offering HIV testing 8 to 10pm during the Epic Fest music event at the Liar, 17 West Main Street.
Henrico Branch NAACP HIV TEST SITE:
Friday, June 27, 3pm-6pm
Famous Brown’s Restaurant & Lounge
4935 Nine Mile Road (Fairfield Commons Mall)
Come out for refreshments with a poetry/spoken word event
Radio One & Miss Community Clovia Men’s Forum HIV TEST SITE:
Saturday, June 28, 12pm-3pm
Trinity Family Life Center
3601 Dill Road
Together we are greater than AIDS. Locate free and confidential HIV Testing sites here. Brian Collins of CAPUS, a campaign with the Virginia Department of Health, joins me on Radio One Richmond for an interview about the Greater Than AIDS campaign. Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence
Also, get free and private HIV Testing at the 7th Annual “Reach Back, Reach Up” men’s forum.
National HIV Testing Day Get Free Test Sites Here…. was originally published on kissrichmond.com
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