2015-01-27T12:50:22Free HIV Testing Offered for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayEvent Link
Free HIV Testing Offered for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Towson, Maryland (January 23, 2015) – The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting five, free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The clinics will be held from February 2 to 7 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.
February 7, 2015 is NBHAAD’s 15th year. The initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV among African Americans. One of its key components is testing, as it is hoped that African Americans will mark February 7 of every year as their annual or biannual day to get tested for HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to have HIV, approximately 15.8 percent are unaware of it. And, although African Americans represent approximately 12 percent of the US population, they account for 47 percent of the HIV diagnoses.
Know Your Status
“Even though these clinics are being held in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s critical for everyone ages 13 and older to get tested and to know their status,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “What you don’t know can hurt you — and others. So take advantage of our free testing opportunities.”
All testing is oral, and the results are provided within 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, with the exception of the February 4 clinic.
HIV Clinic Schedule
February 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Towson Health Center 1046 Taylor Avenue Towson, Maryland 21286
February 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Woodlawn Health Center 1811 Woodlawn Drive Baltimore, Maryland 21207
February 4 from 9 a.m. to noon (by appointment only) Towson Health Center 1046 Taylor Avenue Towson, Maryland 21286 Schedule your appointment by calling 410-887-2437.
February 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. Essex Health Center 201 Back River Neck Road Essex, Maryland 21221
February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walgreens 1801 York Road Lutherville, Maryland 21093
Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the clinics may be canceled and will not be rescheduled. For cancellation information, call 410-887-4381.