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Health and Wellness Newsroom

Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing at Community Sites

Thursday January 31, 2013

The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing at five community sites in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7.

Testing is done using the OraQuick method, which uses a swab of the mouth and does not require a blood draw. Preliminary results are available in 20 minutes. Testing is free and no appointments are necessary.

Community testing locations are:

Thursday, February 7

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Nia Center

2900 W. Broadway

Thursday, February 7

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Park DuValle Community Health Center

3015 Wilson Ave.

Thursday, February 7

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fairness Campaign Office

2263 Frankfort Ave.

Friday, February 8

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Nia Center

2900 W. Broadway

Saturday, February 10

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bates Memorial Baptist Church

620 Lampton St.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage African Americans across America to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.

“Unfortunately, many of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

“Like so many other instances of health inequity, Louisville Metro mirrors national trends with AIDS case rates among African Americans far exceeding those of whites,” she added. “We urge people to take advantage of this week’s free testing opportunities. Everyone should know his or her HIV status so they don’t unwittingly spread the virus to others and so that they are able to begin treatment if needed.”

In 2009 the HIV case rate for African Americans in Louisville Metro was 43.7 per 100,000 compared to 11.2 for whites.

African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Despite representing only 14% of the US population in 2009, African Americans accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections in that year. Compared with members of other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of HIV infections at all stages of disease—from new infections to deaths.

In 2009, an estimated 16,750 African Americans in the United States were diagnosed with AIDS and an estimated 240,630 African Americans in the United States had died of AIDs.

AIDS is the ninth leading cause of death for all African Americans and the third leading cause of death for both African American men and African American women age 35–44.