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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

By Andrea McKinney

October 10, 2017

DOH-Collier Offers Free Screenings 

Contact:
Andrea McKinney
andrea.mckinney@flhealth.gov
239-252-8049

Naples, Fla. — October 15, 2017 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education.

In recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is collaborating with Marion E. Fether Medical Center to offer free screenings.  These sites will be offering free rapid HIV testing with same day results.


October 16 FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center - Immokalee 8am - 4pm
October 17 FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center - Immokalee 8am - 4pm
October 18

FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center - Immokalee

FREE Rapid HIV Testing, Hepatitis & STD Screenings: Florida Department of Health – Collier County (Naples Only)

8am - 4pm

8am - 4pm
October 19

FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center - Immokalee

FREE Rapid HIV Testing, Hepatitis, & STD Screenings: Florida Department of Health – Collier County (Naples Only)

8am - 4pm
8am - 4pm

October 20 FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center - Immokalee 8am - 4pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for an estimated 24% of new diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States.

Factors such as stigma, language barriers, poverty, and lack of access to health care contribute to Hispanic or Latino HIV infection rates.

Florida ranks 2nd in the nation in the number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection. In Collier County alone, we have over 1,700 cumulative reported cases of HIV/AIDS and 26% of those living with HIV in Collier County are of Hispanic/Latino origin. For more information about these events, please contact:

DOH-Collier Naples: 3339 East Tamiami Trail, Building H, (239) 252-8593

Marion E. Fether Medical Center: 1454 Madison Ave, Immokalee, (239) 658-3000

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