The Richmond City Health District invites you to join them, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Southside Plaza at the Southside Community Service Center for free confidential HIV testing and information on protecting your health. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and if you’re not sure about your status, now is the time to get tested.
African Americans account for nearly half of HIV cases in the United States. Closer to home, in the City of Richmond, there were more than 100 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in 2011. Current estimates show there are nearly 2400 individuals living with HIV disease (including AIDS) in Richmond, with African Americans accounting for approximately seventy five percent of all diagnosed HIV disease.
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we encourage people to get tested, know your status, and get involved. Along with becoming informed and taking precautions to prevent sexually transmitted infections, everyone who is sexually active, no matter your orientation, should get tested and know your status and your partner’s status.
In addition to the special HIV testing event on February 7 at Southside Plaza, free testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are available at several places in Richmond, including the Richmond City Health District STI Clinic. The Health District’s STI clinic is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 400 E. Cary Street. Front entrance to the clinic is on Main Street. No appointment is needed, first-come/first-served. Morning registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Afternoon clinic registration is 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For information about Richmond Health District clinic services, call 482-5500.