Free HIV/STD Testing To Be Provided by Synergy Health on World AIDS Day
TAMPA, FLORIDA – (November 11, 2014) – Free testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), among other health services provided by Synergy Health, will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, at Argosy University. In 2010, 94,897 persons were living with diagnosed HIV infection in Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The HIV/STD testing is just one component of a World AIDS Day Awareness and Health Fair event cosponsored by Argosy University, the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay, GaYBOR District Coalition, and YBOR Youth Clinic. HIV/AIDS education and health services information, flu shots, body mass and blood pressure measurements, and depression screenings will also be available.
A film screening at 4:15 pm will highlight The SMART Ride, an annual 2-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West benefitting AIDS organizations, this year to be held on November 14-15.
A Candlelight Vigil will be held at 5:15 pm to commemorate those who have lost their battle against AIDS and AIDS-related illness.
“We invite everyone to attend this free Health Fair to learn more about how these illnesses are devastating people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Knowledge is power when it comes to HIV/AIDS. Prevention remains the first line of defense, but early detection through testing and treatment are the best weapons against the progression of HIV to AIDS and AIDS related illness. They make the difference in long term survival,” explains Director of Practicum Training and Associate Professor Gary Howell, PsyD, PC, a clinical psychologist specializing in diagnostic assessment and assistance to LGBT clients. Dr. Howell also serves as an Advisor to the Board of the Tampa Bay Chapter United Nations Association – United States of America.
The event will be held in the heart of some of neighborhoods hardest hit by HIV/AIDS— Northeast Macfarlane, Old West Tampa, Oakford Park, Far North Hyde Park and Riverfront Park neighborhoods, west of downtown Tampa. Among the goals are to break down the stigma of HIV/AIDS by attracting African Americans and Hispanics for HIV/AIDS education and free HIV/STD testing.
In 2013, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) listed African-American heterosexual men and women as the number one priority, white men who have sex with other men as the second priority, and African-American men who have sex with other men as the third priority for primary and secondary HIV prevention based on HIV infection cases reported from 2011-2013. The fourth and fifth priority populations are Hispanic men who have sex with other men and Hispanic heterosexual men and women.
Schedule of Dec. 1 World AIDS Day Events at Argosy University,
1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607
Park & enter on W. La Salle St. btw N. Howard Ave. & N. Albany Ave.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Health Fair
–HIV/STD Testing through Synergy Health Centers, Inc., of the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan, Inc.
–HIV/AIDS Education and Q&A by Russell Fox, Red Cross certified with more than 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS education
–Flu shots, Body Mass Measurements, and Blood Pressure Testing by Walgreen’s. Flu shot vouchers will be provided for those who do not have insurance.
–HIV/AIDS and other health services information will be provided by Metro Wellness and Community Centers
–Depression and other psycho social services under the direction of Gary Powell, PsyD.
4:15 p.m. A film will be shown about The SMART Ride, an annual 2-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to
–Key West to benefit AIDS organizations. The 2014 SMART Ride will be held on November 14-15.
5:15 p.m. A Candlelight Vigil commemorating those who have lost their battle against AIDS.
For more information, go to:
UN AIDS: http://www.unaids.org/
Report of the United Nations Secretary General “Towards Ending the AIDS Epidemic: Meeting the 2015 Targets and Planning for the Post-2015 Era”: http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/20140606_UN_SG_GA.pdf
UNA-USA Tampa Bay Chapter: http://www.unatampa.org
AIDS Vu: www.AIDSVu.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/policies/StateProgressReport2014.pdf
The SMART Ride: https://www.thesmartride.org/
Argosy University: https://www.argosy.edu
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