Pensacola, Florida – On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia), in partnership with Edwards Chapel AME Zion Church, is participating in an NBHAAD community event to increase awareness of HIV prevention and offer free rapid HIV testing to people aged 13 and over.

On Sunday, February 6, 2022, free HIV testing will be available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Edwards Chapel AME Zion Church, 1220 East Scott Street in Pensacola. Take-home test kits will also be available.

NBHAAD is an annual celebration that encourages people to get tested for HIV. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at high risk should get tested more often.

According to the CDC, black people made up 42% of the 36,801 new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2019, despite making up just 14% of the population. In 2020, Escambia County also saw this disproportionate impact where Blacks made up 60% of new HIV diagnoses despite making up only 22.8% of the population. FDOH-Escambia’s targeted outreach, testing and education efforts aim to encourage everyone to get tested and know their HIV status.

For more information on HIV/AIDS resources, contact the FDOH-Escambia HIV/AIDS Program at 850-595-6500 x 1500 or visit EscambiaHealth.com


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