LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Southern Nevada Health District is joining with its community partners to provide additional health services on Wednesday, February 7 — National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The testing event, organized by the Southern Nevada Healthcare Consortium, will be held between 11 am and 4 pm at Mario’s Westside Market.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will provide free HIV testing, while SNHD will offer tests for syphilis, as well as safe sex kits, and education on pre-exposure prevention, and post-exposure treatments. SNHD will also offer blood pressure screenings, information on quitting smoking or vaping, and mpox, COVID-19, and flu vaccines.

There will also be food, music, and a vendor health fair.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Mario’s Westside Market, 1425 W. Lake Mead Boulevard
  • 11 am – 4 pm – FREE HIV, syphilis testing
  • 11 am – 2pm – blood pressure screenings & vaccines

Free HIV testing is also available at these SHND Locations:

  • SNHD Main Facility, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107, Monday – Thursday, 8 am. – 5:30 pm (closed noon – 1 pm)
  • All Saints Sexual Health Clinic, 4201 W. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89107, Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm (closed noon – 1 pm)
  • Fremont Public Health Center, 2830 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89104 on February 7 from 8 am – 5 pm + every Tuesday from 8 am – 6 pm

The SNHD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once. Those at higher risk for the virus should be screened at least once a year, and as frequently as every three months. Health experts say early diagnosis is critical to survival.

The SNHD says Black Americans comprised 40% of the 34,800 new cases of HIV diagnoses in 2019, and health officials say 13% don’t know their status. The event is designed to combat those statistics through testing and public education.


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