Metro Weekly (Washington) (02.24.2014)
Metro Weekly reported that the Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU) would unveil a new mobile screening unit on February 28 at UHU’s Developing and Empowering New Images of Men (DENIM) Center at 6925 Blair Road, NW. Supported by CDC’s “Testing Makes Us Stronger” campaign, the van will provide HIV testing and STD screening for high-risk black gay and bisexual men.
UHU Spokesperson Ernest Walker stated that the van would replace an older mobile testing unit damaged by a snowstorm.
UHU offers HIV testing, STD screening, and mental and other health services for African Americans in Washington, D.C., including heterosexuals, transgender individuals and youth, and gay men. DENIM serves as a safe haven and resource center for black men ages 18–29.
Walker noted that the mobile testing unit would allow UHU to reach high-risk people who did not visit clinics or hospitals. The mobile unit could serve 30–40 people during each testing session, and UHU staff could test two people at the same time. He estimated that 5–7 percent of those screened by UHU would test positive for HIV. UHU links those with positive test results to treatment services as soon as possible and follows up with the men to sustain HIV care.