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Health and Human Services

Contacts: Kathy Barton
Porfirio Villarreal

Latino HIV Task Force to offer free HIV tests during National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

The Latino HIV Task Force and its community partners will offer free HIV tests in north, east and southwest Houston on October 15 as part of the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.

The three sites will offer the testing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at

  • Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin Street
  • Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd., and
  • Más Club, 8711 North Freeway (I-45).

Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 22 percent of the 19,243 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 18 percent of the 27,696 local AIDS cases reported to the department since the start of the epidemic in 1981.

The task force is comprised of health agencies and community-based organizations that administer HIV and AIDS prevention programs or medical treatment and various community organizations. HDHHS convened the task force in 2002 to educate and raise awareness of HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases among Hispanics.

For more information, call 713-987-4740 or send an e-mail to