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Department of Public Health to Host Community Events to Commemorate World AIDS Day

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health will commemorate World AIDS Day with two community events on December 1.

The HIV Prevention Program will offer free confidential HIV testing from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the HIV Prevention Program located at 701 Montana.

The HIV Prevention program will also host a free short film festival, “One Community, Una Comunidad,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Foundation Room located at 333 North Oregon Street. The film festival will showcase local artists and feature works that highlight HIV stigma, living with HIV, support for those living with HIV, and celebrate the lives of those lost to HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day reminds the public and the government that HIV and AIDS are still a global issue. Just last year, nearly 87,000 people were known to be living with HIV in Texas and an estimated 39,500 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in seven individuals living with HIV do not know their status.

The CDC estimates that some 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV every year.

According to the CDC, of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., more than 24 percent are women. Among all the women diagnosed with HIV in 2014, an estimated 62 percent were African-American, 18 percent were white, and 16 percent were Hispanic/Latina.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com

Free Services Offered for National HIV Testing Day

For more than ten years community agencies and advocacy groups across the country have shed light on the effort to reduce the incidence of HIV through National HIV Testing Day.

With more than 2,000 people living with HIV in El Paso County, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is renewing its efforts by offering free testing as part of this nationwide movement.

“Getting tested is the first step  in  knowing your own status which gives you powerful information about your own health,” said Irene Ovalle-Valdez, Program Manager.  “It’s important to remember that making a national and global impact starts with you.”

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Test Your Way . Test Today” and local leaders are hoping that day will be on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 when the HIV Prevention Program provides free testing at their location, 701 Montana Avenue, from  9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.

The latest statistics show that in 2014, there were an estimated 37,600 new HIV infections in the country and in 2015, 99 individuals were newly diagnosed with HIV in El Paso County.

Those who are unable to attend the National HIV Testing Day event can call 915-212-6665 to set up an appointment at their convenience.

New Website Offers Culturally Sensitive Referrals for LGBT Community

The Department of Public Health’s HIV Prevention Program works tirelessly all year to reduce the incidence of disease in our community while searching for innovative ways to make prevention and testing more appealing.

Thanks to a micro grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the University of Texas at Austin, a new website titled “The Purple Pages” will help connect clients to the services they are looking for.

“We know from research and experience that clients are more likely to follow through with testing and treatment if they are connected to the right people,” said Irene Ovalle, Program Manager.

The Purple Pages website is more than a referral list of LGBT-friendly health care and social services providers, it is also a sign of commitment to the community. Purple Pages is a searchable, standalone website optimized for mobile devices.

The development of the list began in 2013 as a response to community stakeholder concerns over cultural insensitivity in care settings for their LGBT clients and patients. Less than a week after going live, the website has had over 1,000 unique visitors from around the world.

The Purple Pages website is a project of the HIV Prevention Community Mobilization whose members invite the media to their next meeting in order to recognize those who helped make this endeavor possible. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 901 N. Virginia St.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health extends its sincere appreciation to the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Project Vida, Aliviane, University Medical Center, Outright Community Center, PFLAG El Paso, and other community partners for helping make this project possible.

The website will be continually updated. Local clinics and agencies interested in being a part of the program should send their contact information to support@thepurplepages.org.

The Purple Pages can be accessed at www.thepurplepages.org

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