River Region Human Services Marks National HIV Testing Day With Health Fair and Free Testing to Be Offered at Local Walgreens Stores

Duval County, FL has one of the highest incidence rates of HIV infection in the state, according to a recent CDC report, and a 2011 CNN report cited CDC statistics showing Jacksonville with the fifth-highest number of AIDS diagnoses among all cities in the country. Duval is one of eight counties in the state with between 0.19 and 0.38 percent of its population infected with HIV. An estimated 2,360 people in Duval County are living with HIV and another 6,240 are living with AIDS. Of those, 30% are women, 64% are Black and 37% are between the ages of 30 and 39.

Free HIV Testing will be offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27, as well as Saturday, June 28 from 10.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Walgreens

5340 Soutel Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32219

 

Walgreens

5108 Norwood Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32208

 

Walgreens

3604 Blanding Blvd. at Wilson

Jacksonville, FL 32210

 

Walgreens

6006 Beach Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32216

 

No appointment is required for the testing.

A free Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 28, at 3101-3 Justina Road, Jacksonville. In addition to food and music, free HIV testing and health information will be available. Sponsored by River Region, a number of community partners also will be participating in the event. The event is part of River Region’s New Media, New Messages (NM2) program that uses social media and community partnerships to reach young African Americans in Jacksonville with substance abuse and HIV prevention messaging. Part of a national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the NM2 project aims to decrease prejudice and discrimination by giving those at risk of contracting HIV the opportunity to share their stories online, allowing positive interaction with others in their community and encouraging healthy behaviors.

In addition, free HIV testing will be offered at the Get Inspired 5K Run on Saturday, June 28, from 7 a.m. until Noon in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

For more information, give us a call at 904-899-6300 ext. 4112.