On Sunday February 7, 2010, Americans around the nation will be observing National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day.
According to the Center for Disease Control, African Americans are in one of the highest risk groups associated with the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It is estimated that 47% of people infected with HIV in the United States are black.
In order to help fight these disproportionate statistics, the state of Indiana will be hosting a free, open-to-the-public event in order to help educate residents on the affects of HIV and provide them with testing opportunities.
The event will be hosted in Indianapolis, supporting the state’s 2010 theme, “10 Years of Building Community Awareness.” The event will be on Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The street address is: 5603 E. 38th Street, and will last from 6pm until 9pm. The event will be hosted by First Lady Kris Ray of WTLV-FM, 106.7.
An interactive forum will be available to all who wish to participate, as well as the opportunity for confidential testing. Early testing of HIV and HIV-related illness can lead to the reduced instances of transmission of the disease as well as lowering the risk of complications and possibly death associated with HIV and AIDS.