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Prince George’s County Health Department Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness
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Prince George’s County Health Department Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness

The following information was sent to us by the Prince George's County Health Department:

 

The Prince George’s County Health Department in collaboration with the Prince George’s Community College, the University of Maryland, Bowie State University, and community based organizations Heart to Hand, Inc., and SISTAS United will sponsor a variety of events to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

 

“HIV/AIDS remains one of the County’s top health concerns.  Our County’s Health Department is working hard to provide education, opportunities and reminders for citizens to get tested, easily, quickly and confidentially,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “In Prince George’s County, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers and we will defeat the spread of HIV/AIDS in our community.”

 

NBHAAD is a community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS.  This year’s theme is I Am My Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keeper: FIGHT HIV/AIDS!

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that while Blacks represent approximately 14% of the U.S. population, they account for 44% of the nation’s new HIV infections. Many of those infected with HIV are unaware of their status and unknowingly transmit the virus to others. Therefore it’s time to mobilize and talk about this devastating disease and make a difference.

 

Events activities will include FREE HIV/AIDS and STD counseling and testing on February 7 and 8, 2012 at the following locations:

 

Tuesday, February 7, 6-9 pm

Annie’s Art Gallery

Camp Springs MD 20748

 

 

Wednesday, February 8, 10am-2pm

Henry Wise Wellness Center

14000 Jericho Park Road

Bowie MD 20716

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