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Washington, DC – Whitman-Walker Health will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 with free HIV testing through our mobile testing unit at the Anacostia Metro station from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Whitman-Walker will also offer a full schedule of free HIV testing at both facilities on Tuesday, Feb. 7:

*   9:00 am-5:00 pm, Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW.

*   9:00 am-4:30pm, Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.

No appointment is needed for HIV testing at Whitman-Walker.

“Three out of every four people with HIV or AIDS in DC are Black,” said Don Blanchon, executive director of Whitman-Walker. “One in three Black gay or bisexual men in DC has HIV. At Whitman-Walker, a large number of our new HIV diagnoses are among young, gay Black men. Given the state of the epidemic in the Black community, every day in the District of Columbia should be Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.”

“It is vital that Black men and women receive not only ongoing primary medical care but information and education on how to protect themselves from HIV infection,” said Blanchon. “At Whitman-Walker, we can provide them with free HIV testing, education about how to prevent HIV, and medical care if they do have HIV. We want to empower the entire community to protect their health and their lives.”

Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center located in Washington, DC.   Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management.  We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit www.whitman-walker.org<http://www.whitman-walker.org

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