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For Release: June 19, 2009
National HIV Testing Day
“I Know. I Took the Test” is the theme for National HIV Testing Day on Saturday, June 27. In 1995, the National Association of People with AIDS established this day for local organizations across the nation to engage with communities to promote early HIV testing and diagnosis.
• Red Rock North will provide free and confidential HIV testing on June 27 in Oklahoma City. Contact Mike Maus at (405) 425-0473 for details.
• Guiding Right, Inc. (G.R.I.) is a community organization whose focus is specifically on the African-American population living and/or affected by HIV and the AIDS epidemic. GRI will provide free confidential and targeted mobile HIV testing on the following days:
For further information contact Nina Johnson at (405) 733-0771 or
Activities planned for the Tulsa area include the following:
• Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc. (H.O.P.E.) will recognize National HIV Testing Day on Saturday, June 27. Services will be provided at H.O.P.E.’s facility, 3540 E. 31st Street (southwest corner of 31st Street and Louisville) in Tulsa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For appointments, call (918) 749-TEST (8378). Walk-ins are also welcome. H.O.P.E. staff will also provide walk-in services at the following locations: Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, 240 E. Apache Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oklahomans for Equality (OKEQ), 621 E. 4th Street in Tulsa, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free anonymous and confidential HIV tests will be administered. For that day only, June 27, the rapid 15-minute test will be available free. The day will also include free educational materials, prevention supplies and snacks. For additional information, contact Kate Neary-Pounds at (918) 749-8378 or access www.hopetesting.org.
For more information about National HIV Testing Day, visit http://www.hhs.gov/aidsawarenessdays/days/testing/index.html .
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