March 10, 2019 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In Laredo, 2019 marks the 14th annual observance of this very important message which specifically seeks to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among girls and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that women make up 24% of all HIV diagnosed cases among adults in the United States and Hispanic women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS; the rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic women is more than four times the rate of white, non-Hispanic women. In support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2019, numerous local organizations are sponsoring a
Free Community Event:
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: UT Health Regional Campus Laredo, 1937 E. Bustamante, Laredo
This event will mark the beginning of a week-long initiative in the community to create awareness about HIV/AIDS. The program will begin with a joint proclamation offered by the Honorable Pete Saenz, Mayor of the City of Laredo and the Honorable Judge Tano E. Tijerina, Webb County Judge. The program will include guest speakers who will be present to offer information regarding HIV/AIDS and how it impacts the community. Agencies from the community will be providing women’s health information and HIV prevention education. Some of the agencies include Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Border Region Behavioral Health Center, Casa de Misericordia, City of Laredo Health Department, Gateway Community Health Center, Laredo AIDS Consortia, Mercy Ministries of Laredo, Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN), Texas A&M University Colonias Program, Webb County Attorney – Marc Montemayor and others.
FREE HIV Rapid Testing will available the week of March 11th at various sites throughout the community including Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) 1605 Saldana Avenue.
For more information about the proclamation reading or the free HIV rapid testing, please contact Julie Bazan, AHEC, 956-220-6168 or Gabriela Perez, SCAN, 956-724-3177.