Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS offers free HIV/STD testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
“Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over!"
DALLAS (Feb. 6, 2018) – In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), Feb. 7, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is offering free HIV and STD testing to Dallas County residents. DCHHS health officials are urging Dallas County residents to take advantage of this free opportunity to get tested Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2377 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.
DCHHS health educators will be on-site providing education on HIV and STD prevention as well as treatment. The theme for NBHAAD is “Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over ! ”, which emphasizes the role that everyone can play in HIV prevention.
“Case rates remain disproportionately higher in African Americans, similar to trends observed in larger urban areas in the US,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “Prompt conversation with family, friends, and colleagues, about HIV prevention, about why this day matters to you and how HIV impacts your community.”
“Individuals can take charge of their long-term health by first knowing their HIV status,” said Dr.Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/DCHHS medical director. “As soon as an individual is diagnosed with HIV, they can begin managing the virus by receiving early intervention and treatment, and by living a healthy lifestyle.”
THIS IS A NATIONAL HIV/AIDS TESTING AND TREATMENT COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION INITIATIVE TARGETED AT BLACK AMERICANS. There are four key focus areas of the initiative:
- GET EDUCATED: Knowing about HIV/AIDS empowers individuals and communities to act accordingly.
- GET TESTED: Knowing your HIV status helps you keep yourself safe and others.
- GET INVOLVED: Locally, there are community based organizations, events and activities for you to get involved with.
- GET TREATED: Seek out local resources and organizations that will assist you in accessing treatment and information.