World AIDS Day: El Paso offers free testing

World AIDS Day: El Paso offers free testing
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Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:12am

As part of World AIDS Day 2013, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is making getting testing for AIDS easier. Workers with the HIV Prevention Program and partnering agencies will offer free testing at sites throughout the area. World AIDS day was first held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.

“We want to reach out to all areas in our community to raise awareness and help residents take a proactive approach to fighting the disease,” said Miguel Cervantes, Public Health Advisor. “Testing is the first step to prevent the spread of HIV, improve your health, and save the lives of those around us.”

The free testing sites are all on Monday, December 2, 2013.

  • Premiere Cinemas - Basset Place Mall
    • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      6101 Gateway W., El Paso, TX 79925
      Sponsored by Le Fe Clinic
  • Josefa L. Sambrano Elementary School Cafeteria
    • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      200 Herring Rd., San Elizario, TX
  • Rio Vista Community Center
    • 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      901 N. Rio Vista Rd., Socorro, TX 79927
  • El Paso County Health Department
    • 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      5115 El Paso Dr. Ste B., El Paso, TX 79905

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 50,000 Americans have become newly infected with HIV each year, and more than 15,000 people with AIDS still die annually. One in four new infections occurs in youth 13 to 24 years of age. Many people who are infected with HIV do not know they are infected and unknowingly pass the disease along to others.

El Pasoans are encouraged to know the risks for getting HIV, which include not knowing facts or your own personal risks, having sex, having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, multiple sex partners, injecting drugs, no condom use and no testing history.

The CDC and El Paso County Health Department encourages people to get tested for HIV/AIDS annually.

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