Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HIV AIDS Awareness Day & FREE Testing

Free HIV Testing Offered On National Gay Men’s
HIV / AIDS Awareness Day

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2009, MSM accounted for 61% of all new HIV infections and MSM with a history of injection drug use (IDU) were an additional 3% of new infections. That same year, young MSM accounted for 69% of new HIV infections among persons aged 13–29 and 44% of infections among all MSM. At the end of 2009, an estimated 441,669 (56%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the US were MSM or MSM-IDU.

Since 2008, The National Association for People with AIDS has recognized September 27 as National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day provides an opportunity for men nationwide to learn their HIV status and to gain knowledge to take control of their health and their lives.

In observance of National Gay Men’s HIV / AIDS Awareness Day, the Fresno
County Department of Public Health will offer free, confidential rapid HIV testing.
Fresno County Department of Public Health
1221 Fulton Mall, Specialty Clinic Area
Tuesday-Thursday, September 25 - 27, 2012
8:30 am – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Fresno LGBT Community Center
1055 North Van Ness, Suite A, south of the Tower District
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

CONTACT: Jena Adams, HIV Prevention Coordinator at 600-3434.

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