On Saturday, June 22nd, dozens of community partners will launch “Take The Test Boston” – a week-long HIV awareness campaign targeted to communities of color in Boston. The week of events includes National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. The CDC recommends that all Americans between 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once, more often if warranted.
In total over 45 organizations and over 250 volunteers will partner on “Take The Test Boston.”
“Take The Test Boston” Kick-Off Event will be held
June 22, 2013
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Ave
The event will feature a community discussion about underlying causes of HIV disparities within communities of color, development of realistic goals to help reduce these disparities, testimonials from people living with HIV, a presentation on HIV stigma, and a volunteer appreciation luncheon.
As throughout the nation, people of color in Massachusetts shoulder a disproportionate burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic – accounting for over 50% of persons living with HIV in the state, despite representing only 14% of the Commonwealth’s population. Among women, 80% of persons with HIV are Black or Latina.
This is the second year that the wide-scale “Take The Test Boston” partnership has brought HIV information and testing into nontraditional settings. The focus of the week’s activities will be to increase awareness and break down stigmas associated with HIV that can prevent individuals at risk from being tested. Join Us!
Organizations that are playing a significant role in the “Take The Test Boston” campaign include:
– Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
– Multicultural AIDS Coalition
– Harvard Center for AIDS Research
– Dimock Community Health Center
– Fenway Health
– Whittier Street Health Center
– Boston Children’s Hospital/ Boston HAPPENS program
– Martha Elliot Health Center
– The Family Van
– Bridge Over Troubled Waters
– ACT UP Boston