February 5, 2010
Hundreds Expected for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event
Approximately half of all HIV and AIDS cases in Illinois are among blacks
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services will host a community event to heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS, encourage HIV testing and reduce stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS among African-American youth and young adults. The Department anticipates more than 900 young adults from universities and colleges throughout central Illinois to attend.
The documentary A Mirror to the Heart: Breaking the Stigma of HIV/AIDS highlights African and African-American youth impacted by HIV/AIDS – their activities, ideas and personal experiences.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day occurs February 7 of every year and is focused on educating and testing African Americans. In 2009, blacks accounted for 50 percent (8,551) of all HIV reported cases in Illinois (17,062) and 49 percent (19,906) of all AIDS reported cases in the state (40,727).To help reduce this disparity, the IDPH Center for Minority Health Services launched the HIV/AIDS Testing Center Locator initiative, Text 2 Survive. Using a mobile phone, any Illinoisan can send a text with the message IL plus their five-digit zip code to “89183.” That person will instantly receive a confidential text message back to their phone with the nearest HIV/AIDS testing center contact information. To help spread the benefits of being tested, that person can then send their friends a text message urging them to be tested as well.
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535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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