Successful outreach on World AIDS Day
A total of 143 Dallas County residents received free HIV and STD testing provided by DCHHS at the mobile clinic on World AIDS Day. DCHHS set up the clinic at Big T Plaza in South Dallas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"HIV affects minorities at a disproportionate rate in Dallas County," said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. "We will continue to provide education on HIV and AIDS so our residents are aware of services and treatment, and more importantly – prevention."
In 2012, 75% of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Dallas County were African-Americans and Hispanics.
Dallas County residents can receive HIV and STD testing at the main DCHHS clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. in Dallas, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. STD services include treatment, confidential notifications, and one-on-one education and counseling. Individuals newly diagnosed with HIV can receive early intervention services.
DCHHS Medical Director/Health Authority Dr. Christopher Perkins, left, encourages a resident to receives free testing at the World AIDS Day event.