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

Friday February 4, 2011

The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing at four 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:

Monday, February 7

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Salvation Army

813 S. Brook St.

Tuesday, February 8

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Club Cedar

416 S. 26th St.

Wednesday, February 9

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Park DuValle Community Health Center

3015 Wilson Ave.

Friday, February 11

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Public Health and Wellness

850 Barret Ave. Suite 302

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.”

In 2008, an estimated 18,000 African Americans in the United States received an AIDS diagnosis, a number that has remained relatively stable since 2005. By the end of 2007, an estimated 233,000 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. Unfortunately, many of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others.

“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,” said Dr. Matt Zahn, Acting Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “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 can begin treatment if needed.”

In 2007 the AIDS case rate for African American males in Louisville Metro was 65.3 per 100,000 compared to 27.4 for white males. The AIDS case rate for African American females in Louisville Metro was 16.6 per 100,000 compared to 2.6 for white females.