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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Whitman-Walker Health to Offer Expanded Free Testing Feb. 6 & 7

Whitman-Walker Health will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, February 6, and Friday, February 7, with free HIV testing through their mobile testing unit and at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center. No appointment is needed for HIV testing at Whitman-Walker.

“In the District of Columbia, Black men and women continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic,” saysDon Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker. “Three out of every four people with HIV in DC are Black. One in three Black gay or bisexual men in D.C. has HIV. At Whitman-Walker, a large number of our new HIV diagnoses are among young, gay Black men.”

HIV testing schedule and locations are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Mill, 1104 8th St, SE, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6
  • Anacostia Metro Station, noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7
  • Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7.

“It is vital that Black men and women receive ongoing primary medical care along with information and education on how to protect against HIV,” Blanchon says. “That is why WWH offers high quality HIV health care. We provide free HIV testing, education about how to prevent HIV, and medical care for those who do have HIV. We want to empower the entire community to protect their health and their lives.”