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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 HIV Testing Offered as Part of World AIDS Day

The El Paso City Council issued a proclamation that December 1st will be known as World AIDS Day in the Sun City. This, as cities and nations work to shed light on the struggles of more than 36 million people living with HIV around the world.

“In the last 16 years approximately 25.3 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses,” said Irene Ovalle-Valdez, HIV Prevention Manager. “We need all El Pasoans to know that HIV/AIDS does not discriminate and thousands of people here in our city continue to be affected.”

As a part of continued efforts to fight this epidemic and in order to promote prevention, early detection, and treatment, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health will offer free confidential HIV testing on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 701 Montana from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

World AIDS Day reminds the public that HIV and AIDS are still a global issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.

Most new HIV diagnoses in women are attributed to heterosexual sex.

Free testing offered as part of World AIDS Day Tuesday

With more than 2,000 people living with HIV in the El Paso area, testing continues to be an important way to prevent the spread of the disease locally and around the world. That is why the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is commemorating World AIDS Day 2015 with free HIV as well as Syphilis testing.

Free tests will be administered on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 222 South Campbell Street, Suite 105 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Last year there were 4,405 new HIV diagnoses reported in the state of Texas, with 109 new cases reported in the El Paso area,” said JoAnna Arriola, Disease Intervention Supervisor. “We can make a difference in our community, state, and ultimately the world if we all just got tested and knew our status.”

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.  World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those we’ve lost.

The HIV Prevention Program provides culturally-sensitive, quality customer service to individuals who seek testing for HIV and Syphilis.  Counseling services are also provided, as well as referrals to other programs if needed.

More information on HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases is available at www.EPHealth.com or by calling 915-212-6665.

Additionally, in observation of World AIDS Day, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe (La Fe) will host a free HIV testing, awareness, and education event from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at the La Fe Culture and Technology Center (CTC), 721 S. Ochoa (Rear Building).

State-certified HIV educators and testers from the La Fe CARE Center — the region’s largest comprehensive HIV/ AIDS treatment and education facility — will be onsite to provide free, rapid HIV testing and prevention information in English and Spanish. Anyone 13-years-of-age and older can receive a free HIV Test without parental permission.

The Rapid HIV testing used by the La Fe CARE Center requires only a few drops of blood and delivers a 99.9 percent accurate result in 60 seconds.

A free screening of the film “Silent Shame” (Rated R) will take place atnoon inside the La Fe CTC’s auditorium. The 1999 independent film by Proud Latina Productions tells the story of a young Hispanic man who must come to terms with his family’s struggles with HIV.

The La Fe CARE Center, established in 1999, currently provides medical and case-management services to more than 1,000 HIV/ AIDSpatients. It is the region’s only AIDS Education and Training Center of Texas (AETC) certified facility.

According to the La Fe CARE Center (1505 Mescalero) its fastest-rising demographics for new HIV diagnoses are: Married and Heterosexual Latinas ages 14 to 30; Hispanic Youth ages 14 to 25; and El Pasoans ages 55 and up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that for every individual diagnosed as HIV-Positive there are three to five others within that same community who remain undiagnosed and medically untreated. “Getting tested for HIV is a brave first step toward taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Each of us needs to get educated about HIV/ AIDS. We need to talk openly with our partners — and especially with our children — about prevention,” La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta said.

For More Information about this event or HIV/ AIDS prevention, testing, and resources, the public may contact the La Fe CARE Center’s HIV Testing and Education Department at (915) 772-3366 or 545-7183 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What are the risks for getting HIV?

 • Not knowing facts or personal risk • Having sex
• Having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs • Multiple sex partners
• Injecting drugs • No condom use
• No testing history

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