Fittest loser
Article updated: 1/27/2014 12:02 PM

Health Department Offers Free Screenings and Other Activities in Observance

  • Article
text size: AAA
By Lake County Health Department

The public is invited to join the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center for the 14th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Friday, February 7. A free event will take place in the lobby of the Health Department's Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Road in Waukegan, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Staff will provide information, screenings and education about transmission, care and treatment of HIV. Information about hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections will also be available.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization effort designed to encourage the African American community to get educated, tested, treated, and involved with HIV/AIDS, as it continues to impact communities. It is an opportunity for the Health Department to increase HIV prevention activities, such as HIV testing, and to link individuals living with HIV to effective medical care.

Advertisement

Compared to other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of HIV infections at all stages of disease--from new infections to deaths. In 2010, African Americans comprised 14 percent of the United States population, but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Young African American gay and bisexual men are especially at risk of HIV infection. More new HIV infections occurred among young black men who have sex with men (aged 13--29) than any other age and racial group. Most African American women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is organized by Healthy Black Communities, Inc., an international community based organization focused on health education and disease prevention in Black communities. For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit www.blackaidsday.org.

The Health Department's STI Program, located at 2400 Belvidere Road in Waukegan, offers many services including counseling, education, free and confidential HIV testing, educational based support/talk groups, and outreach. For additional information or to make an appointment, call: (847) 377-8450 or visit: http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Population/Pages/Sexually-Transmitted-InfectionHIV-Prevention.aspx.

Latest Video

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.