Friday January 31, 2014
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing at six 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 6
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
925 S 26th St. Friday, February 7
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2900 W. Broadway Friday, February 7
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
800 S. Preston St. Friday, February 7
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
L & N Building
908 W. Broadway
WIC Office – 2nd floor East Thursday, February 13
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
New Beginning Empowerment Temple
4127 Flintlock Dr. Thursday, February 13
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Old Male High School Building
911 S. Brook 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.
“We urge people to take advantage of the 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,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
“Unfortunately, like so many other instances of health inequity, Louisville Metro mirrors national trends with AIDS and HIV case rates among African Americans far exceeding those of whites,” said Dr. Nesbitt.
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.