National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: Task Force Offers Free HIV Tests

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The Latino HIV Task Force will offer free HIV tests on October 13 as part of the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. The task force will offer the HIV tests from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), 6001 Gulf Freeway. Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 23 percent of the 20,699 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 19 percent of the 28,659 local AIDS cases reported to the department since the start of the epidemic in 1981. The task force is comprised of health agencies and community-based organizations that administer HIV and AIDS prevention programs or medical treatment and various community organizations. HDHHS convened the task force in 2002 to educate and raise awareness of HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases among Hispanics. For more information, call 713-987-4740 or send an e-mail to latinohtf@hotmail.com.

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