New York, NY June 25, 2012
In its quest for a World Without a Trace of HIV, AID FOR AIDS has answered the call from its Queens Price House partner for expertise and will be conducting rapid HIV testing on site at the Diversity Center of Queens on June 27th from 1P – 7P in honor of National HIV Testing Day. Queens Pride House is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center and is housed in the Diversity Center of Queens, located at 76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206 in Jackson Heights.
In 1995, HIV National Testing Day was designed by the Centers for Disease Control in partnership with the National Association of People with AIDS, AIDS.gov and other entities across the country to encourage people to Take the Test. Take Control. It is meant to encourage both those at risk from HIV and people already living with HIV to get tested so they are sure about their status. It was felt that only when knows his/her status is she/he able to make informed decisions about prevention and care. The facts lead to better health.
Testing has been key as a critical first step in dealing with the epidemic, especially in communities where there is still a strong stigma attached to testing positive. All of AID FOR AIDS testing is done in a quiet, safe and controlled manner to insure the person’s privacy and there is counseling available as well should it be needed. There are nearly 1.2 million people in the US living with HIV almost 1 in 5 do not know they are living with HIV.
Knowing your results and then having help with the necessary next steps, if there are any, is a specialty of AID FOR AIDS. The work done by the organization includes social services, education care and counseling for people who have tested positive and are interested in a better quality of life. AFA has a strong commitment to insuring the eradication of this epidemic and is grateful for the opportunity to continue this good work in association with Queens Pride on June 27th.
Any further information contact: Dario Jimenez or Robert Gonzalez at 212-337-8043 or Pauline Park 718-429-5309.