Whitman-Walker Clinic to Observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

WI Staff Writer | 2/3/2010, 2:48 p.m.

Whitman-Walker Clinic will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, by joining other community health organizations to present a community HIV/AIDS awareness event at the Riggs LaSalle Community Center located at 501 Riggs Rd., NE, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. The event will include free HIV testing and counseling, educational workshops and activities for all ages, and food and entertainment. Although National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7, all activities will be on Saturday, Feb. 6, and throughout the following week.

€Three out of every four people with HIV/AIDS in DC are Black,€ said Blanchon. €At Whitman-Walker, a large number of our new HIV diagnoses are among young, gay Black men.€

€It is vital that Black men and women receive not only ongoing primary care but information and education on how to protect themselves from infection,€ said Blanchon. €At Whitman-Walker Clinic, we can provide them with free HIV testing, education about how to prevent HIV, and medical care if they do have HIV. We want to empower the entire community to protect their health and their lives.€

Whitman-Walker Clinic will offer free HIV testing at both of its sites in the week following National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:€€€ 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.€€ 9:00 am-7:00pm, Monday and Wednesday, and 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW.

Testing will also be available as part of the STD Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center from 6:00-7:30 pm.

For more information about testing, or other health care issues, contact Whitman Walker at (202) 745-7000 pr email to wwcinfo@wwc.org.