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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Kent Donahue

January 30, 2018

February 7, 2018, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Now in its 18th year, the awareness campaign was developed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities. 

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages the community to get educated on HIV/AIDS and get tested. Florida has been heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. The state continues to rank first in the nation in newly diagnosed HIV infections cases (4,864 in 2015) and is second in the nation in the highest HIV infection case rates (24.0 in 2015). 

“Talk Test Treat Central Florida” is the new message for breaking down the stigma of HIV and AIDS (Talk), knowing your status (Test) and preventing the HIV virus (Treat).  Visit http://talktestcfl.com.  The web site contains information about testing, treatment, and support in Central Florida. 

The following events will take place in Orange County and Osceola County: 

February 2, 2018
Vacation Lodge 10AM-2PM
720 South Orange Blossom Trail 
Orlando, FL 32805 

February 7, 2018
Walgreen’s 10AM
1111 W. Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741 

February 10, 2018
Rosemont Specialty Pharmacy 10AM – 3PM
5860 North Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32810 

The Florida Department of Health has developed a comprehensive program for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and for providing care and treatment to those already infected. This comprehensive approach includes HIV surveillance, education, prevention, counseling, testing, care and treatment.  For more information on HIV/AIDS, visit