AIDS Arms offers pop-up HIV testing locations this week

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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

AIDS Arms appoints new CEO

Dr. John T. Carlo

AIDS Arms has selected Dr. John Carlo as its new chief executive officer. Carlo has served in a number of leadership positions with medical and epidemiological organizations, including program director and principal investigator for the University of Minnesota’s BioWatch Program, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Carlo will begin at the agency December 3. He replaces longtime executive director Raeline Nobles, who is leaving the organization after more than 15 years.

In addition to his work with the BioWatch Program, Carlo’s experience includes serving as medical director and health authority for Dallas County Health and Human Services, as well as the position of Dallas County’s chief epidemiologist, where he helped oversee the creation and operation of a temporary clinic treating more than 10,000 patients during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina.

“I am truly excited and honored to be joining AIDS Arms, an organization which has such a strong history of supporting our community in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Carlo said. ”I look forward to working with our dedicated board of directors and a talented staff as we continue the mission to provide outstanding medical and support services to clients and patients.”

Carlo completed his Doctor of Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, followed by an internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center.

“We were extremely fortunate to have Raeline Nobles serve us so well for the past 15 years. After a nationwide search led by Scott Chase, JD, to find her successor, I am very excited to have someone of the caliber of Dr. Carlo become our new CEO,” said AIDS Arms Board Chair John Loza. “His experience, intelligence and commitment will serve AIDS Arms well as we move into a new era.”

—  David Taffet