Monday, February 06, 2006

2006 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Events in Texas

From the DSHS HIV/STD Program:

The following is a list of 2006 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day (NBHAAD) events taking place around Texas on or around Tuesday, February 7, 2006. This awareness initiative is designed to mobilize African Americans around the country to get tested, get educated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS in their communities.

The HIV/STD Program wishes to thank all of the organizations that sent event information to the E-Update. Please note that this list is presented for informational purposes only; the Texas Department of State Health Services does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

BEAUMONT
The P.A.L.M. (Project AIDS/Land Manor) Center is setting up a table in the parking lot of Lucky Seven grocery store at 4005 Magnolia St. in Beaumont on Tuesday, February 7 in observance of NBHAAD. They will be providing condoms, free HIV testing, information, and literature. For more information, call Carla Baker at 409-832-0710.

CORPUS CHRISTI
The Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation prevention staff will be at Corpus Christi's North Side Manor doing HIV outreach on Monday, February 6 and testing on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. North Side Manor is a predominantly African American community. For more information, please contact Xavier Perez at xavierp@cbaf.org.

DALLAS
The La Sima Foundation, Inc., Paul Quinn College, the Dallas County Health and Human Services' STD Division/Medical Mobile Clinic, and other community based organizations will be hosting a community forum in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, on Tuesday February 7 from 2-4pm in the Grand Lounge at Paul Quinn College. The theme of this year's community forum is "Life After an HIV diagnosis..." The forum will highlight different aspects of living with an HIV diagnosis; from diagnosis, to work, to illness and eventually death. The Dallas County Medical Mobile Clinic will be providing free HIV and syphilis screening from 10am-5pm. During the community forum, a panel of people living with HIV/AIDS will discuss different aspects of living with HIV. Panelists include a person in recovery who went to treatment and graduated from a Texas university; a family with the mother and father living with HIV and a child born to an HIV positive mother; a young lady living with HIV, and a young man living with HIV. The panel will give valuable insight to life after an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. For more information about this event, please contact Cheryl Matatall (La Sima Foundation) at 214-941-1132 or Glenda Davis (Paul Quinn) at 214-302-3526. For more information about HIV or other STD screening, please call Monica Tunstle Garrett (DCHHS) at 214-819-2155 or 1-866-4EZCURE (439-2873).

FORT WORTH
In observance of NBHAAD, the Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) Department's Adult Health Services unit will co-sponsor a health/job fair (1-5pm) and a candlelight vigil (7-9pm) on Tuesday, February 7 at the East Saint Paul Baptist Church, 5300 Oak Grove Road West, in Fort Worth. Roy C. Brooks, County Commissioner Precinct 1, will present a proclamation at the evening program. In addition, two community radio forums will air on Friday, February 3 at 12:30pm on KNON 89.3 FM, and Monday, February 6 at 12:30pm on KHVN 970 AM. Free HIV testing will be offered at the East Saint Paul event and at TCPH Adult Health Services, 1100 S. Main St., Ste. 1500, in Fort Worth. Collaborating agencies include: Wellness 4Life, Help Education Learning Project (HELP), AIDS Outreach Center (AOC), MHMR of Tarrant County Street Outreach Team (MHMR SOR), MHMR of Tarrant County Project Help First Plus (PHFP), North Central Texas HIV Planning Council, and City of Fort Worth Public Health Outreach. For more information contact Elaine Allen (TCPH) at 817-321-4800, John Reed (HELP) at 817-733-9993, Tracy Edwards (AOC) at 817-535-1113, or Eli Hernandez (MHMR SOR) at 817-569-5760.

GALVESTON
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) will host a presentation on HIV/AIDS among young African American females ages 14-24 on Tuesday, February 7 from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Levin Hall Dining Room (2nd Floor), located at 10th and Market Sts. in Galveston. Patrice Yarbough, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 409-747-0202.

HOUSTON
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas is conducting free HIV testing on Tuesday, February 7th from 10am to 6pm at the Stafford Clinic, 3727 Greenbriar, Ste. 118 and at its Greenspoint Clinic, 11834 Airline Dr. For more information, call 281-494-5757 (Stafford) or 281-820-5305 (Greenspoint).

The YWCA Houston is planning a day of events to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Testing Day. On the morning of Tuesday, February 7, there will be free HIV testing, and a city proclamation that will lead into a community walk with the collaboration of the Houston African American State of Emergency Task Force and its partnering agencies from 9-11am. After the walk, the YWCA will continue testing at its center from 1-5pm. That evening, the youth of Motherland Inc. will put on a theatrical production. The day will conclude with a presentation for parents entitled "HIV 101." Gift certificates to Fiesta grocery mart will be offered to the first 40 participants that test on Tuesday. The YWCA Houston center is located at 3621 Willia St. For more information, call 713-868-9922.

Montrose Counseling Center's Risk Reduction Department will join with Houston's African American State of Emergency Task Force by attending the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day media conference held at the YWCA (see above) on Tuesday, February 7 from 9-11am. The center's risk reduction specialists will then go to the Acres Home area (W. Little York and W. Montgomery) to provide HIV/AIDS education and testing from 12-2pm and at the Bonita Street House of Hope from 3:30-5:30pm. Contact Sally A. Huffer at 713-529-0037, ext. 324 for more information.

LONGVIEW
Special Health Resources of Texas (SHRT) will set up an HIV/AIDS information booth at Longview Mall, 3500 McCann Rd., on Tuesday, February 7. For more information, please contact Tyronda Jones at 903-234-8808 or tjones@shrt.net.

LUFKIN
Health Horizons of East Texas will provide HIV testing and information on Tuesday, February 7 at the Lufkin Hope Center, 1204 Cain St. For more information, please contact Beverly Chatman at 926-569-8240, ext. 21.

MARSHALL
Special Health Resources of Texas (SHRT) will observe NBHAAD by offering HIV/AIDS information and free OraQuick rapid HIV testing on Tuesday, February 7 from 1-6pm at the East Texas Border Health Clinic at 401 N. Grove, Ste. A, in Marshall. The target audience for this event includes youth, African American MSM, African American women, and Hispanics engaged in high risk behaviors. For more information, please contact Gloria Hawkins at 903-234-0936, 1-877-234-0936, or ghawkins@shrt.net.

SAN ANTONIO
BEAT AIDS will be offering HIV testing at the ACI (local bathhouse) on Tuesday, February 7 from 2-5pm and 7pm-12am. They will also offer testing at Skinny's from 1-4pm. Please contact Charles Whitehead at 210-227-4689 or cwhitehead@beataids.org for more information.

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