Houston Chronicle (09.25.12)
Aids Weekly Plus
As part of the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, the Latino HIV Task Force will provide free HIV tests on October 13. The task force will offer the tests at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, 6001 Gulf Freeway, Houston, during the hours of 11 a.m.–4 p.m. According to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS), Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 23 percent of the 20,699 HIV infections reported to the department since 1999. HDHHS also notes that Hispanics comprise 19 percent of the 28,659 local AIDS cases reported to HDHHS since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981. The task force is made up of various community-based organizations and health agencies that administer HIV and AIDS prevention programs or medical treatment. HDHHS convened the task force in 2002 to educate and raise awareness of HIV, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases among Hispanics. For more information, call (713) 987-4740 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.