Free HIV tests offered as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and the African-American State of Emergency Task Force, a group of health agencies and community organizations, will offer free HIV testing February 7 as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Testing will be provided from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Prince Boxing Gym, 3000 Jensen Drive; NAACP Houston, 4203 Fannin; Acres Homes Multi-Purpose Center, 6719 W.  Montgomery; YWCA, 6309 Martin Luther King Boulevard; T’s Barber Shop, 5824 Martin Luther King; Red Apple Nails, 5826 Martin Luther King and Doc’s Auto Insurance, 4810 Martin Luther King.

The event’s goal is to motivate African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status, become educated about HIV transmission modes, get involved in their community and seek treatment if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.

Blacks in Houston and Harris County represent 54 percent of the 13,382 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 39 percent of the 23,787 local AIDS cases reported to the department since the start of the epidemic in 1981.

This news release was issued on February 5, 2007.