DCHHS Offers Free HIV/STD Testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was first observed in 1999. The Strategic Leadership Council plans and implements this observance. The 2017 theme is “I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper.
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 invites residents to participate in this year’s event Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following location:
Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd Dallas, Texas 75241
DCHHS health educators will be on-site providing education on HIV and STD prevention and treatment. The theme for NBHAAD is “I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS”, which emphasizes the role that everyone can play in HIV prevention.
“This community initiative is one of many strategies used to help address HIV/AIDS health disparities,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “Initiatives such as I am my brother and sister’s keeper remind us to stay personally committed to awareness and prevention. We appreciate our community partners who are always willing to assist with HIV and STD testing, treatment, and prevention among citizens.”
DCHHS will offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at no cost as well. DCHHS
health officials are urging Dallas County residents to take advantage of this free opportunity to get tested.
“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.”
For more information about HIV and STD services offered by DCHHS can be found at /department/hhs/stdclinics.html
Left to right: DCHHS Asst. Director Public Health Communicable Disease
Tammara Scroggins, Dallas County Health Authority/Medical Director Dr.
Christoper Perkins and DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson.
Public Health Educator LaShonda Worthey.
Public Health Educators Janiecia Holley and Britni Williams with Paul Quinn
DCHHS STD Program Manager Felicia Barnett with Paul Quinn College
nursing students and administrators.
DCHHS Public Information Officer Renae Crutchfield and the Chris Howell Foundation
Chris Howell Foundation.
Left to Right: Dallas County Housing Director Thomas Lewis,
Fellowship Christian Academy council member Rylyn Gilmore,
FCA student and DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson.