/Asian Pacific Islander HIV AIDS Awareness Day

Asian/Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Health District encourages individuals to know their HIV status

May 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of AIDS will offer free testing, including rapid HIV testing between 8 a.m. and 4p.m., Monday, May 19. Free rapid testing is part of National Asian/Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day observance and all testing is available inside Annex A on the south side of the 625 Shadow Lane location. The HIV/AIDS clinic regularly offers confidential HIV testing and services in Southern Nevada every Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact (702) 759-0702 or visit www.SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict.org.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of Asian/Pacific Islanders living with AIDS has increased by more than 10 percent in each of the past five years. Although locally, the number of Asian/Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS is one percent, the health district encourages everyone to get tested to know their HIV status.

The health district offers the OraSure HIV-1 oral fluid test or the traditional blood test weekdays at the HIV/AIDS clinic. In addition, the Rapid HIV Antibody Test, which costs $25, is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Thursday morning between 8 a.m. and noon. Rapid testing is not available on Fridays.

Since 1985, the health district’s Office of AIDS has provided community prevention and awareness programs and offers clients HIV pre- and post-test counseling, an adult evaluation clinic for HIV-positive individuals, case management for men, women and children through the Transitional Care Program, assistance with partner counseling/notification, outreach and community referral programs, trainings/education, as well as the distribution of items to prevent the spread of HIV. All services are confidential and no appointment is necessary.

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The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.