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National Black HIV/AIDS Events

By Kent Donahue

February 08, 2019

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is hosting testing events during the month of February. The events are part of an effort to raise awareness and prevent the transmission of the HIV virus.

 

The community is encouraged to get educated on HIV/AIDS and get tested. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among African Americans, who make up 13 percent of the population.

 “Talk Test Treat Central Florida” is the message for breaking down the stigma of HIV and AIDS locally. For more information on testing, treatment, and support in Central Florida, visit the Talk Test Treat Central Florida web site at: http://talktestcfl.com.

 DOH-Orange will host a couple of FREE Rapid HIV testing events in the coming weeks. The February 23, 2019 testing event at the Callahan Community Center is in partnership with Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill. That event will have free food, music, and rapid HIV testing. The following are the events that will take place in Orange County:

 

February 14, 2019 (HIV testing & education)
|Walgreen’s 10AM-5PM
5903 South Orange Blossom Trail 
Orlando, FL 32809

February 23, 2019 in partnership with Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill
(HIV testing, education, food, and music)
Callahan Community Center 10AM – 3PM
101 N. Parramore Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

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 http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/aids/index.html