Fulton Health Continues to Urge Residents to Know Their Status | Print |

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7th.  On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will provide FREE HIV testing and counseling to residents wanting to know their status.  Testing will take place from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Greenbriar Mall located at 2841 Greenbriar Parkway, Atlanta.

Residents are urged to take part in the national community awareness initiative targeting Blacks in the Unites States and the Diaspora.  Every year in the United States, since the epidemic began in 1981, Blacks have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.  Even though Blacks make up 13% of the US population, they account for about half (49%) of the people who contract HIV and AIDS.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.  HIV testing enables people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners.  HIV counseling helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.

NBHAAD is a nationwide mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans across the United States to be educated, be tested, be treated and to get involved with HIV/AIDS advocacy, as it continues to affects African American communities.

For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day call (404) 730-1468 or log-on to www.fultoncountygahealth.org. 

Take time to pause and support the cause! Get EDUCATED, Get TESTED, Get INVOLVED and Get TREATED!