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Health and Human Services

Contacts: Kathy Barton
832-393-5045
 
Porfirio Villarreal
832-393-5041

Latino HIV Task Force to offer free HIV tests Oct. 15
 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 testing sites and their hours of operation are

  • San Mateo Episcopal Church, 6635 Alder Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), 204 Clifton, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Houston Area Community Services, 2150 W. 18th Street, Suite 300, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 22 percent of the 17,907 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 18 percent of the 26,599 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 latinohtf@hotmail.com.