My Everett News (12.01.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
My Everett News reported that the Snohomish Health District has partnered with local AIDS advocacy groups to sponsor free activities this week in honor of World AIDS Day. All events are at the district’s office at 3020 Rucker Avenue in Everett, Wash. On Sunday, Dec. 1, the sponsors, which include Snohomish County Gay Men’s Task Force and AIDS Project Snohomish County, held a remembrance walk to raise awareness of the impact of HIV in the community. The event featured the Rev. Julie Montague from Everett Unity Church as a guest speaker, remarks by Snohomish County residents with HIV/AIDS, and local musicians.
For anyone who may be at risk, the health district is offering free rapid HIV tests on Monday, December 2, Wednesday, December 4, and Friday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. in Suite 108 at the Rucker Avenue address. Clients can make an appointment by calling (425) 339–5298. “The medical community has made great advances in treating HIV/AIDS in recent years,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District. “However, there still is no cure. Early treatment is critical to both help those who are infected and to prevent spread to others. Screening is key.”
On Tuesday, December 3, a health event for gay and bisexual men will offer testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis, as well as vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. No appointment is required.