Southern Nevada Health District and Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Coalition to Host Screening Event to Commemorate Latinx AIDS Awareness Day – Southern Nevada Health District
LAS VEGAS – To commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), the Southern Nevada Health District and the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Coalition will offer rapid HIV testing, information on treatment options before and after exposure to HIV (PreP / PEP), as well as addiction treatment and resources from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Chicanos por la Causa, 555 N. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
The theme for this year’s NLAAD is “Time to Act. It’s time to end HIV. NLAAD is an opportunity to encourage members of the Hispanic / Latinx community to get tested and know their status by mobilizing the community to promote effective ways to prevent, treat and stop the spread of HIV.
HIV / AIDS continues to affect communities of color at higher rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27% of new HIV diagnoses in 2018 were Hispanics / Latinos. About one in six Hispanics / Latinxes living with HIV do not know their status, which means they are not receiving HIV care or treatment. They could pass the infection on to others. For more information, visit the CDC’s HIV and Hispanic / Latino page.
The Southern Nevada Health District provides HIV / AIDS services that include testing, counseling, case management, outreach efforts, and community referrals. In addition, we offer screenings, treatments, exams, referrals and counseling for STDs. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. and accepts most insurance. For more information, call (702) 759-1700. All tests are confidential.
In addition, the Collect2Protect program in the health district offers a home HIV / STD testing kit as part of its efforts to strengthen HIV / STD services in the community. For more information about the program, visit the Collect2Protect web page at www.snhd.info/c2p. Home HIV kits are free and allow individuals to receive their results at home. Home test kits for gonorrhea and chlamydia are also available.