The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the Malone Community Center invite the public to a World AIDS Day Health Fair on Friday, December 1. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" Street. The event celebrates the lives of community members lost to HIV/AIDS and includes a meal and informational displays about immune system diseases.
"Over the years, as treatments have advanced, our collective awareness of HIV has decreased," said Shavonna Lausterer, LLCHD Health Director. "We must remain vigilant in our efforts to support one another so that the number of new infections is non-existent in our community. Sexually active persons should be tested for sexually transmitted infections as a part of their routine health care. For those with specific risk factors, CDC recommends getting tested for HIV once a year."
LLCHD provides HIV testing by appointment on this schedule:
To make an appointment or talk to a nurse about HIV testing, call 402-441-8065. Information is also available at health.lincoln.ne.gov (Select "Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic" under Community Health Services.) Reduced cost testing based on need is available.
World AIDS Day, which occurs every December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
More information about LLCHD is available at health.lincoln.ne.gov.