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Free HIV testing, National Latino HIV Awareness

Monday October 15, 2007

Public Health & Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing at Kentucky Racing Health Services on Wednesday

Louisville, Ky. (October 15, 2007) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing as part of the observance of National Latino HIV Awareness.

The Department will offer free HIV testing at the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center located at 422 Heywood Avenue on Wednesday, October 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Testing will use the Orasure method, a simple swab of the mouth that does not require any blood to be drawn. 

Racial and ethnic minorities continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2005, the adult and adolescent AIDS case rate was 3.5 times higher among Latinos than among whites. This is the second highest rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States. By the end of 2005, an estimated 77,125 Latinos with AIDS in the United States had died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that one-quarter of people in the United States living with HIV do not know that they are infected with the virus. This fact—coupled with stigma and discrimination, misconceptions about the disease, inadequate healthcare and language barriers—underscores the need to encourage Latinos to become educated about HIV/AIDS and to get tested regularly.