If you are at risk, get tested before it is too late.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV poses a serious threat to the health of Latinos in the United States. In 2005, HIV/AIDS was the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanic/Latino men and women aged 35 to 44. Locally, Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 21 percent of the 16,393 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 17 percent of the 25,644 local AIDS cases reported to the department since the start of the epidemic in 1981.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day was created to provide the Latino community with an opportunity to encourage HIV prevention, testing and treatment.
In recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, the Latino HIV Task Force is joining forces with the HDHHS and Walgreen’s to host three sites for free HIV testing and education from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Thursday, October 15, 2009.
The Latino HIV Task Force east screening site will be located at 204 Clifton, Houston, TX, 77011, at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) Health and Human Services Building. The southwest screening site will be located at 6635 Alder Rd, Houston, TX, 77081, at Iglesia Episcopal San Mateo. The north side screening will be located at 8711 North Freeway (I-45), Houston, TX 77088, at Mas Club. All three sites will feature additional health screenings, educational materials and food and entertainment for all ages.
For directions, please call 713-926-9491 or 713-772-2366.
For more info: Please contact the Latino HIV Task Force at 713-987-4740 or the HDHHS Bureau of HIV/STD & Viral Hepatitis Prevention at 713-794-9272.
www.cdc.gov Accessed October 2009;
www.houstontx.gov/health Accessed October 2009
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