SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – During the month of October, Snohomish Health District recognizes National Latino AIDS Awareness, a campaign aimed at engaging the Hispanic/Latino community in promoting HIV awareness through testing, prevention and education.
This year’s theme is “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar.”
In Washington state, 12% of all individuals currently living with HIV/AIDS are Latino – but Latinos only compromise approximately 9.4% of the total population. The rates of new infections among Latino men were more than double that of white men. The rate of HIV infection among Latino women was nearly four times that of white women.
To address this disparity and increase awareness, staff from the Snohomish Health District will be offering free testing at community locations to members of the Latino and general communities who qualify based on their risk factors:
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Everett Sea Mar Behavioral Clinic, 5007 Claremont Way
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. at Monroe Sea Mar Behavioral Clinic, 14090 Fryeland Blvd. SE, Ste. #347
- Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4 – 5 p.m. at Everett Sea Mar Behavioral Clinic, 5007 Claremont Way
- Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 9-11 a.m. at Everett Sea Mar Behavioral Clinic, 5007 Claremont Way
- Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Everett Sea Mar Medical Clinic, 1920 100th Street SE, Bldng. B
- Friday, Oct. 25, from 12 – 4 p.m. at Monroe Sea Mar Medical Clinic, 17707 West Main Street
- Thursday, Oct. 31, from 1 – 4 p.m. at Marysville Sea Mar Medical Clinic, 9710 State Avenue
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the impact of HIV on Hispanics/Latinos is not directly related to race or ethnicity, but rather to challenges faced by some communities, including less awareness of HIV status, poverty, access to care, stigma, migration acculturation (the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group) and homophobia. Learn more about the national awareness campaign from the AIDSinfo website, http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/education-materials/hiv-aids-awareness-days/169/national-latino-aids-awareness-day.
The Health District offers free and confidential HIV testing and counseling for high-risk individuals year-round, in our Everett clinic location, with test results in 30 minutes. Individuals with risk can also be tested for hepatitis A,B, C, and syphilis. For information about HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, call the Health District at 425.339.5298, or visit www.snohd.org.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, 730 people in Snohomish County are assumed to be living with HIV/AIDS.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at http://www.snohd.org.