On Wednesday, the Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. will hold the "It Takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS" program at the Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center. The program, taking place in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7), will feature an AIDS education speaker, poetry readings, a skit by Teens With a Purpose, and an art contest.
Urban League Vice President of Programs and Operations Yvette Young said the organization is committed to making the event interesting and relevant, but hopes the main draw will be free HIV testing. "People can, number one, learn about their status," she said. "They get their results on the spot -- it takes about 20 minutes."
The Urban League will provide counseling for those who test positive and risk-reduction advice for those whose results are negative.
According to Young, the Huntersville community center was selected to allow greater accessibility to HIV testing for neighborhood residents who primarily walk or bike. "We hope to be able to test at least 50 to 75 people," she said. "And we wanted to have it in the Huntersville community, where individuals may be at risk."