HIV Equal Testing Event Set For UCONN College Campus
HIV Equal Testing Event Set For UCONN College Campus, April 7th
Popular testing and anti-stigma campaign to partner with UCONN School of Social Work and Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective
(NORWALK, CT - MARCH 10, 2015) – In an effort to reach college students across Connecticut, HIV Equal will be hosting a testing and anti-stigma campaign event in conjunction with and at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Social Work, located in the Zachs Community Room, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117, from Noon – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7th.
Breaking down stigma and social barriers related to the HIV virus have been goals of the popular testing and anti-stigma campaign since its inception back in 2013. Now, HIV Equal is continuing to find innovative ways of reaching youth aged 13-24 who accounted for 26% of all new HIV infections in 2010, according to the latest CDC data. The campaign is also finding ways of working with local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and community leaders to get people tested for the virus.
With three successful domestic events in 2015, held in California and in Connecticut, HIV Equal has helped to place newly diagnosed individuals into proper care, while also drawing nearly a dozen individuals to test for HIV for the first time. Cumulatively, this year alone, the campaign has tested and photographed about 160 participants, and it continues to seek to increase that number ten-fold by 2016.
The Tuesday, April 7th HIV Equal testing event will be in conjunction with the UCONN School of Social Work (www.ssw.uconn.edu) and the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective (www.hglhc.org), which ASO will conduct the on-site testing for HIV. The event will take place at the UCONN School of Social Work in the Zachs Community Room, located at 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 from Noon – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.