HIV-Day-2024

PALSS Observes National BLACK HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 6th -7th

On FEBRUARY 6, 2024, this day we are offering walk-in testing between 10am-8pm.

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(Columbia, SC) – Mark your calendars and set the date! February 6th -7th PALSS will observe NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY at 2638 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29204. In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day PALSS is providing free HIV/STI testing, PrEP referrals, and PrEP assessments in efforts to help reduce HIV among African Americans. National HIV prevention efforts are reducing the burden of HIV infection among some African Americans, but more progress is needed. The HIV, AIDS, STD Data and Reports | SCDHEC reports that in 2020, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Carolina. African Americans comprise 27 percent of the state’s total population but 66 percent of the total people living with HIV are African American.

•During the calendar year of 2021, South Carolina ranked 9th among states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. dependent areas with an HIV case rate of 13.2 per 100,000 population.

•Among women (2019-2020) recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the Midlands PHR (public health region), most were African American (62 percent).

•Among men (2019-2020) recently diagnosed in the Midlands PHR (public health region), 71 percent were African American.

•Of reported risks for newly diagnosed cases in 2019-2020: among African American men, most cases were attributed to MSM (men who have sex with men) contact (94 percent), heterosexual risk (3 percent), and IDU (2 percent).

Throughout this informative event participants can receive free swag items and free safe-sex kits. Participants will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win two (2) tickets to Katt Williams: The Dark Matter Tour Fri • Feb 23 • 8:00 PM Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC. PALSS will also be offering CONFIDENTIAL Rapid HIV Testing (1 minute) and STI screening on February 6th between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm by walk-in only and on February 7th at Allen University for students between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Since 1985, PALSS has helped South Carolinians fight the war against HIV and AIDS. Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services provides health, education and social services to persons living with and communities affected by HIV and AIDS. We offer confidential services including HIV/STI testing, prevention training, counseling, and housing case management. For more information, call 803-779-7257, follow us on Twitter or friend us at www.facebook.com/PALSS. You can also visit us at www.palss.org. For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit www.NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.

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