AHF on National HIV Testing Day—Friday June 27th ‘Keep Calm & Get Tested!’
AHF to host over 16 free HIV mobile testing events in eight regions nationwide including California, Florida, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas and Jackson, MS
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 6/26/2014, 1:53 p.m.
What: Free mobile HIV testing, condom distribution events on National HIV Testing Day
When: Friday June 27th 2014 (AHF HIV testing events set nationwide)
Southern US events:
11:00 am – 7:00 pm: Free HIV testing through AHF Mobile Testing Unit at front entrance of The Mall West End (850 Oak Street SW) in Atlanta
9:00 pm – 2:00 am: Free HIV testing through AHF Mobile Testing Unit in front of the Bottoms Up Bar (350 W Woodrow Wilson Avenue) in Jackson
8:00 pm – 2:00 am: Free HIV testing through AHF Mobile Testing Unit at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Reagan Street near TMC Dance Club (3903 Cedar Springs Road) in Oaklawn
Friday, June 27th marks National HIV Testing Day, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is marking the day by making free rapid HIV tests and free condoms available at special testing events in at least 16 locations in eight regions nationwide where AHF provides services, including eight individual testing events throughout the state of Florida.
AHF will provide free HIV testing opportunities in three cities in the South to help impact that dramatic number of people who are unaware of their HIV status due to stigma or lack of access to testing. An AHF mobile testing unit will offer free tests and condoms in front of Atlanta’s Mall West End (850 Oak Street SW) from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. On Friday night, two southern night clubs – Jackson, Mississippi’s Bottoms Up (350 W Woodrow Wilson Avenue) and Dallas’ TMC Dance Club (3903 Cedar Springs Road) – will mark National HIV Testing Day by offering free, confidential testing until 2:00 am Saturday. Testing in Dallas begins at 8:00 pm, and in Jackson at 9:00 pm.
Free rapid HIV testing is also available every day at any of AHF’s Out of the Closet Thrift Store locations, where 96 cents of every dollar earned fund HIV/AIDS care around the world:
Dallas: 3920 Cedar Springs Road | (214) 599-2173 | Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Columbus, OH: 1230 N High Street | (614) 291-2680 | Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
“Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV and almost one in five don’t know they are infected,” said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Senior Director, Public Health Division for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “Through our ‘Keep Calm & Get Tested’ National HIV testing Day campaign, we hope to raise awareness surrounding the importance of knowing your status by taking our message of HIV prevention, testing, education and treatment directly to the community through these innovative and easily accessible mobile testing events.”
AHF’s National HIV Testing Day Events Around the Country
Other AHF National HIV Testing Day mobile testing events take place in eight regions nationwide including in Southern California, Florida (Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach and Pensacola) Atlanta, GA; Brooklyn, NY: Dallas, TX and Jackson, MS. These special testing events will take place in addition to AHF’s regularly scheduled free testing opportunities inside of AHF Pharmacy and Out of the Closet Thrift Store locations, and at AHF Wellness and Healthcare Centers and through mobile testing units. One can find the nearest testing opportunity at www.freehivtest.net. Or see the list below: