AHF: From New Clinics to Free Testing, ‘World AIDS Day’ Events Abound Nationwide

As the world collectively pauses on December 1st to commemorate the successes, losses, and continuing aspirations in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, AHF is marking ‘World AIDS Day’ with special events from coast to coast in seven different states

With two new health centers opening in California and Texas, along with community festivals, health fairs, and over 200 hours of free HIV testing opportunities on December 1st and in the days before and after, AHF celebrates the national day of recognition by providing even more access to HIV/AIDS information, testing, treatment, and prevention

LOS ANGELES--()--In commemoration of this year’s 24th observation of World AIDS Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization is spearheading a number of free HIV testing and awareness events throughout the country, including the opening of two new treatment centers in Oakland, CA and Dallas, TX. With an abundance of information and condoms to give away – in addition to prizes, performances, and over 200 hours of free HIV testing across the country – AHF is making it easy for people to know their HIV status, stay informed on the latest treatment and advocacy around the disease, and responsibly protect themselves and others from HIV infection. (NOTE: A full nationwide schedule of events is provided below).

"In celebrating this national day for HIV/AIDS awareness and action, AHF will continue doing what we've done best for the past 25 years — provide treatment, care and services, including free HIV testing, so that people can be aware of their HIV status and, if necessary, get linked into care and treatment," said AHF President Michael Weinstein. "We will also mark World AIDS Day this year with the opening of two new state-of-the-art AHF Healthcare Centers in two vastly different parts of the country—Oakland, California and Dallas, Texas—where we hope to make treatment for those infected with HIV even more accessible. The 200-plus hours of free HIV testing opportunities spearheaded by AHF and our partners for these World AIDS Day events around the country should help people get used to integrating such testing into their lives on a routine basis, as recently recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an influential government advisory panel. Sadly, more than 240,000 of the 1.1 million people infected with HIV in the U.S. today have never been tested for HIV and are unaware of their status. The Task Force's sensible recommendation, when adopted, should eliminate a huge stumbling block to the implementation of such routine HIV testing, as it will pave the way for both government and most private insurers to now pay for the testing.”

Rundown of World AIDS Day/AHF Events & Partners

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

GEORGIA

8:00 am – HIV testing with DeKalb County Board of Health

Where: DeKalb Addiction Clinic

455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

6:00 pm – Project Condom (Fashion show and On-site Mobile HIV Testing)

Where: Morehouse College Sale Hall

830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

OHIO

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sexual Health Fair with Columbus Public Health Department

Where: Columbus Public Health Sexual Health Clinic

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

FLORIDA

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – World AIDS Day Fair (six panels of AIDS quilt on display, HIV testing, MAC makeovers, condom distribution)

Where: Florida Gulf Coast University campus

10501 FGCU Blvd. S
Fort Myers, FL 33965
 

GEORGIA

8:00 am – free HIV testing

Where: Aldredge Clinic

99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00 am – free HIV testing

Where: DeKalb Board of Health Vinson Clinic

440 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30031

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – free HIV testing

Where: Agnes Scott College

141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
 

Friday, November 30, 2012

 

CALIFORNIA

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Free HIV testing (plus snacks and giveaways) with Mission Neighborhood Health Center

Where: MNHC parking lot

240 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

9:00 am – D.C. Committee on Health’s Annual World AIDS Day Fair

Where: Councilmember David A. Cantania’s Office

The Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Free HIV Testing: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Health Fair: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: Molly M. Moulton, staff assistant, Committee on Health Councilmember David A. Cantania, At-Large

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 115, Washington, DC 20004; (202) 724-8170

 

NEW YORK

9:30 am – 11:30 am – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Breakfast honoring the 2-year anniversary of the “Brooklyn Knows” HIV Testing Campaign, with whom AHF is a new partnering agency

Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – HIV testing at the Brooklyn’s Got Talent: The Stop HIV Remix, hosted by Brooklyn Knows

Where: St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – “Decisions, Decisions” Community Forum

“Decisions, Decisions” is a federally funded study that explored the connections between self-esteem, sex, discrimination, social support, substance use and decision-making in black and Latino gay men aged 18-22

Where: NYC Gay and Lesbian Center

208 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
 

FLORIDA

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – “Take The Train” county-wide testing campaign at train stations

Where: 2780 SW 27th Avenue

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

RED RIBBON DAYS & TESTING (HIV testing, special condom packs, red ribbons, and Wall of Remembrance)

10:30 am – 7:00 pm: Ft. Lauderdale Out of the Closet

Where: 1785 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

10:00 am – 7:00 pm: Wilton Manors Out of the Closet

Where: 2097 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Wilton Manors AHF Wellness Center

Where: 2097 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

10:30 am – 7:00 pm: South Beach Out of the Closet

Where: 1510 Alton Road

Miami Beach, FL 33139

10:30 am – 7:00 pm: Miami Out of the Closet

Where: 2900 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL 33965
 

GEORGIA

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – “Getting To Zero” Town Hall Community Conversation with on-site HIV testing from AHF mobile testing units

Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

 

CALIFORNIA

Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project World AIDS Day event (with free desserts, music, and raffle prizes)

Where: Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge

12824 Hadley Street
Whittier, CA 90601

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Community Candlelight Vigil

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – free HIV testing by AHF mobile testing units

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – AHF mobile HIV testing units at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball Village

Where: Nokia Theater L.A. Live

777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Free HIV testing, flu shots, and blood pressure screenings (plus snacks and giveaways) in collaboration with Walgreens

Where: All Hallows Garden Apartments

6 Baldwin Court
San Francisco, CA 94124

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Grand Opening of Oakland Men’s Wellness Center (tour, cookout, and first shift)

Where: 238 E. 18th Street

Oakland, CA 94606

 

NEW YORK

11:00 pm – 2:00 am – HIV Testing in collaboration with Gay Men of African Descent (the only NYC-based AIDS service organization that focuses on serving African- American/black gay men)

Where: Langston Lounge

1074 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
 

FLORIDA

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – World AIDS Day Celebration (contact: 727-409-0759)

Where: Williams Park

3rd Street N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

8:30 am – 2:30 pm – CDTC World AIDS Day Community Event (contact: 954-712-5089)

Where: Delevoe Park

2520 NW 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – World AIDS Day, “Remembering Lives and Celebrating Loved Ones” (contact: Christina Hayes – 850-470-8071)

Where: Hancock Bank Club at Pensacola Bayfront Auditorium

449 W Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – World AIDS Day Festival (HIV testing, condom distribution, six panels of the NAMES Project Quilt on display, free BBQ, music, and games)

Where: Clemente Park

1936 Henderson Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33916

TIME TBD – Evening service commemorating those lost to HIV/AIDS (contact: 239-455- 6553)

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church

6340 Napa Woods Way
Naples, FL 34116

RED RIBBON DAYS & TESTING (HIV testing, special condom packs, red ribbons, and Wall of Remembrance)

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Ft. Lauderdale Out of the Closet

Where: 1785 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

10:00 am – 7:00 pm: Wilton Manors Out of the Closet

Where: 2097 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Wilton Manors AHF Wellness Center

Where: 2097 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: South Beach Out of the Closet

Where: 1510 Alton Road

Miami Beach, FL 33139

12:00 am – 5:00 pm: Miami Out of the Closet

Where: 2900 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL 33965

 

TEXAS

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Testing event with 97.9 FM “The Beat”

Contacts:

Samantha Granberry, AHF Associate Director of Media: samantha.granberry@aidshealth.org

Edgar Gonzalez (secondary): (214) 632-6737

Where: Big T Plaza

4515 Village Fair
Dallas, TX 75224

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – World AIDS Day “Getting To Zero” Community Event hosted by AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN) with over 30 sponsors and partnering organizations (community leaders and AIDS activists will speak, local musicians and entertainers will perform, healthy living expo will be run throughout event)

Where: Main Street Garden

1900 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

HIV infection rates are at a five-year high for Dallas, so theme is “Getting To Zero” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths

Contact: Travis Gasper, (214) 500-9101, tgasper@aidsinterfaithnetwork.org

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – World AIDS Day “Getting To Zero” Community Event with over 10 partnering organizations

Where: 1100 Circle Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76119
 

GEORGIA

All Day – Mobile HIV Testing throughout Fulton and DeKalb Counties (AHF collaboration with Fulton/DeKalb County Health & Wellness)

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (to kick off “Follow Me” faith-based testing initiative)

Contact: (404) 289-1474

Where: Peace Lutheran Church

1679 Columbia Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – HIV testing

Where: Lithonia AHF Health Care Center

5700 Hillandale Drive
Lithonia, GA 30058

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – HIV testing

Where: South DeKalb Mall

2801 Chandler Road
Decatur, GA 30034

12:00 pm – HIV testing with Fulton/DeKalb County Health & Wellness

Where: H.E. Holmes MARTA station

70 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30311

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – HIV testing

Where: Greenbriar Mall

2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

 

CALIFORNIA

8:00 am – 4:00 pm – free HIV testing and giveaways at Oakland Raiders v. Cleveland Browns Tailgate Party

Collaborating agencies: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Health and Human Services, Get Screened Oakland, HEPPAC, La Clinica de la Raza, Volunteers of America Bay Area, Cal-PEP

Where: 7000 Coliseum Way

Oakland, CA 94621

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – HIV testing

Contact: Rocky Thomas – (202) 415-4740

Where: New Samaritan Baptist Church

1100 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20002
 

GEORGIA

10:00 am – HIV testing at St. James UMC (contact: 404-261-3121)

Where: 4400 Peachtree Dundywood Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

 

TEXAS

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – open house at the new AHF Magic Johnson Health Care Center

Where: Dallas Magic Johnson HCC

7777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122
Dallas, TX 75230
 

 

Friday, December 7, 2012

 

CALIFORNIA

5:00 pm – 12:00 am – free HIV testing at First Friday Art Walk

Collaborating agencies: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Health and Human Services, Get Screened Oakland, HEPPAC, La Clinica de la Raza, Volunteers of America Bay Area, Cal-PEP, Berkeley Builds Capacity

Where: Telegraph Avenue between 17th and 26th streets

Oakland, CA 94612
 
For additional information, please contact the following AHF regional representatives:

Los Angeles: Alexander Goncalvez – (213) 405-5817 or alexander.goncalvez@aidshealth.org

San Francisco Bay Area: Dale Gluth – (415) 218-9587 or dale.gluth@aidshealth.org

Texas: Bret Camp – (214) 533-2267 or bret.camp@aidshealth.org

New York City: Michael Camacho – (646) 265-7460 or michael.camacho@aidshealth.org

Florida / D.C. / Georgia: Jack Carrel – (281) 857-4837 or jack.carrell@aidshealth.org

Ohio: Adam Ouderkirk – (415) 519-1759 or adam.ouderkirk@aidshealth.org

 

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