South Carolina will host numerous events around National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7 to highlight the virus' impact on the African-American community. "We'll partner with community-based organizations to sponsor activities such as free HIV testing and HIV educational forums on the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day," said Janet Tapp, director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control STD/HIV Division. "Sites include housing communities, churches and community centers." According to Tapp, "This year's effort emphasizes the steps that individuals, families, faith groups and communities can take together to make the greatest impact. Those steps include learning the facts about HIV, getting tested, knowing your HIV status and taking steps to make a difference in your community." For a listing of events and local HIV testing sites, telephone DHEC's South Carolina AIDS/STD toll-free hotline at 800-322-AIDS (2437).