Nonprofit's Clinic Is Crossing Nation
June 16, 2009
The nation's largest nonprofit AIDS medical care provider has begun a 14-city free HIV testing caravan across the southern United States, culminating with a stop in Washington, D.C., for HIV Testing Day on June 27. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation took its AHF/Magic Johnson Mobile HIV Testing Unit to New Orleans on Monday, offering rapid oral swab HIV screening at Café Du Monde in the French Quarter as well as at the Algiers Family Health Center.
AHF's first-ever free HIV testing caravan has already stopped in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Houston, and it will be in Jackson, Miss., today. The organization has provided a $5,000 grant to local agencies that assist with the events.
"What we've heard from our [agency] partners is that there is still a lot of stigma in the South regarding HIV and AIDS," said Azul Mares-Delgrasso, AHF's field services manager. "So we decided to reach out to the agencies in the South and draw attention to those agencies by having this mobile unit out here."
For more information about the caravan, visit www.aidshealth.org/news/press-releases/blair-underwood-to-kick-off.html.
Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
06.16.2009; Amber Sandoval-Griffin
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.