District Offers HIV Testing for National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2005
|What||The fifth annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day, a nationwide community mobilization effort to call attention to the disproportionate incidence of HIV/AIDS among African-Americans. In support of the day, the health district will offer HIV testing and information at two separate events.|
|When||National Black HIV AIDS Awareness and Information Day|
Monday, February 7, 2005
Southern Nevada Health District Locations:
Rally supporting National Black HIV /AIDS Awareness
West Las Vegas Arts Center
The vision of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day is to mobilize African Americans to “get tested, get educated and get involved.”
The Southern Nevada Health District Office of AIDS reports that 24 percent of local AIDS cases and 26 percent of HIV infections are among African Americans. Nationally, African Americans represent just 12 percent of the population, but one-third of AIDS patients. Further, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.
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