Pensacola, Florida – On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia), along with other community partners, are participating in two community NBHAAD events to increase awareness, spark conversations, and highlight the work being done to reduce HIV in the black community and show support for people living with HIV.

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, free HIV testing and hepatitis A vaccination will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1300 W. Gregory Street in Pensacola. Those who get tested will receive free headphones and be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize. Take-home test kits will also be available.

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, a virtual boot-camp will be broadcast live on facebook.com/togetherweweather850 2-4 pm Tune in for a free, fun workout with three local certified trainers: Larry Brown, Linda “Sonshine” Moorer and Dee Wenze. The winners of the raffle will also be announced.

NBHAAD is an annual celebration to encourage 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 37,968 new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2018, despite making up just 13% of the population. In 2019, Escambia County also saw a disproportionate impact where black people made up 57% of new HIV diagnoses despite making up just 23% 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


About the Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Council, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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