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Florida Dept. of Health observes national black HIV/AIDs awareness Day

Tuesday, February 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Department observes nation black HIV/AIDS awareness day 

 

Contact: 
Heidi Moore 
Heidi.Moore@flhealth.gov

904-253-1010

 

JACKSONVILLE — The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) joins many community partners across the state in recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Every year since 2000 this opportunity has afforded us to empower our communities and impact our future. We want to raise awareness across Florida, which is why we ask that you Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated.

 

Tuesday marks the 17th year for NBHAAD, which was founded to bring attention to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. The theme this year is “I am my Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS,” a challenge to the mindset in homes, communities, workplace, churches, mosques and temples across the nation.

 

While blacks are still disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, progress has been made. The proportion of newly diagnosed adult HIV infection cases that were black decreased from 49 percent in 2005 to 41 percent in 2014. 

 

In Duval County, from 2005 to 2014, the proportion of HIV infection cases decreased by 5 percent among blacks.  The age groups with the largest proportion of new HIV infection cases are 20-29 for males (38%), and 40-49 for females (30%). 

 

Please join us at any of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events:

 

·        Gate Gas Station

5507 Moncrief Rd Jacksonville, Florida

FREE HIV Testing event/Information booth/Condom Blast

Tuesday, February 7th

10:30am-5:30pm

 

·        Austin’s Soul Food Restaurant

4807 N. Main Street North Jacksonville, Florida

Free HIV test and food!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

UF CARES/Lutheran Social Services/Gateway Community Rehab/JASMYN


 

 

·        Clay County Health Department

Orange Park Library

2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073

FREE HIV testing event and Health Information booth

Tuesday, February 7th

1:00pm-6:00pm

For more info contact: Prince Danso-Odei at (904) 529-2852

 

The key to stopping the spread of HIV is breaking the silence about the disease.  We must begin talking about HIV/AIDS where we live, work, play and worship.  You have the opportunity to impact the lives of members of your community by simply supporting prevention efforts.

Testing for HIV is a powerful tool in the prevention of the virus. Thanks to numerous test sites, skilled prevention counselors, and a progressive laboratory the department will continue to make progress in the fight against this epidemic. 

 

To learn more about NBHAAD or to find a local NBHAAD event in your area, visit: www.StoptheSpread.org or www.NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.

For more information about The Florida Department of Health resources and services regarding HIV/AIDS go tohttp://duval.Floridahealth.gov.  

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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