AIDS Arms offers pop-up HIV testing locations this week


Dr. John Carlo

National HIV Testing Day is Saturday, June 27, and AIDS Arms Inc. is honoring the day with pop-up locations for free HIV testing in Oak Lawn and in Cockrell Hill, beginning Thursday, June 25.

While AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was, it is still a pandemic,and its impact on individuals and families is staggering. The best way to fight it, says Dr. John T. Carlo, AIDS Arms’ CEO, is to educate ourselves and to know our sero-status.

“By getting tested, a person can find out whether he or she needs life-saving medications,” Dr. Carlo said, noting that these free HIV testing events provide the “ideal opportunity to take this important step in preserving the health, safety and lives of loved ones.”

The tests at AIDS Arms National HIV Testing Day events are “fast (results can be available in as quick as 60 seconds), free and performed in a confidential manner,” according to an AIDS Arms press release.

NHTD pop-up testing locations are:

• Thursday, June 25, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Thursday, June 25, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Thursday, June 25, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Havana’s, 4006 Cedar Springs Road

• Friday, June 26, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Friday, June 26, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Sunday, June 28, 11 p.m.-3 a.m., Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road.

—  Tammye Nash

Gay, undocumented Harvard student to speak at Rainbow LULAC holiday party

Pierre R. Berastaín

Pierre R. Berastaín, an openly gay, undocumented Peruvian student who was recently featured in a front page article in The Dallas Morning News, will be the featured guest at tonight’s Rainbow LULAC holiday party.

Berastaín came to this country from Peru in 1998 to escape President Alberto Fujimori’s military dictatorship and the family overstayed their visa. Despite college degrees, his father has worked odd jobs and is homeless and his mother returned to Peru this summer. Meanwhile, Berastaín, who graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, is working on a second degree from Harvard and is applying for a two-year visa under President Obama’s recent order.

Although he received scholarships and was able to obtain a driver’s license in Maryland and a bank account in Massachusetts, Berastain has been assaulted twice and didn’t report the incidents because of fear of disclosure of his immigration status and deportation.

Berastaín is working on his master of divinity degree, concentrating on Christianity and the practices of restorative and transformative justice. He is the restorative justice advocate at Renewal House, a gender-inclusive domestic violence shelter in Roxbury, Mass., and serves as the co-chair of the Massachusetts GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition. Additionally, he acts as the director of media relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, and is a founding member of the MA Restorative Justice Task Force.

Havana Lounge, 4006 Cedar Springs Road. Dec. 18 at 6:30–9 p.m. Info at 469-867-0613 or lulac4871@gma

—  David Taffet