February 6, 2006
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7 but today a local organization got a head start. The University of Virginia and the Salvation Army offered free and confidential HIV testing. The Virginia Department of Health said in 2003 almost 200,000 African-Americans were living with AIDS in the United States. Service Groups said prevention and early detection is the key.
"It's important because our community is disproportionately affected by the virus and that the only way that you can find out your status is to get tested," said Nikuyah Walker, AIDS/HIV Service Group.
Organizations across the Commonwealth will also sponsor special testing events and educational programs on Feb. 7.