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

Dallas County announces additional testing locations, times for National HIV Testing Day


RAPID RESULTS | James Lester, a registered nurse at Resource Center Dallas’ Nelson-Tebedo clinic, demonstrates the OraSure rapid HIV test. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and Dallas County has announced some additional locations where free testing will be offered over the next few weeks. These are in addition to those announced for today by area HIV/AIDS agencies.

North Dallas:

Wednesday, June 27 — National HIV Testing Day
Valley View Mall, 13331 Preston Road, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

South Oak Cliff:

Saturday, June 30
SW Center (Redbird) Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

East Dallas/Pleasant Grove:

Saturday, July 7
Garibaldi Bazaar, 9334 R L Thornton Freeway, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.


Saturday, July 14
Sterling Plaza (Aldi parking lot), 2926 N. Beltline Rd, Irving, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

The rapid testing is free and there are lots of giveaways at each of these events.

Free testing is also offered at the testing and counseling clinic located on the third floor of the Dallas County Health and Human Services building, 2377 North Stemmons Freeway. The clinic is open 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday.

For more local free rapid testing sites on HIV Testing Day, go here.

—  David Taffet

National HIV Testing Day events

HIV rapid test

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Here is a list of some of the locations where HIV rapid testing will be offered free:

Oak Lawn:

Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic
4012 Cedar Springs Road
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Free rapid walk-in public testing, open to the public

South Dallas:

Abounding Prosperity
2311 MLK Jr. Blvd.
2 p.m. –6 p.m.
Free rapid testing with UT Southwestern and Parkland also doing testing in the Red Bull tent. 97.9 The Beat will broadcast from the event.
An executive from the Centers for Disease Control will be in attendance and make remarks about 3 p.m.

North Dallas:

AIDS Arms Mall Take-over Tour
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Road
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing
HIP HOP 4 HIV concert tickets will also be available at this location

Fort Worth:

AIDS Outreach Center
400 N. Beach St., Fort Worth
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Kaplan College
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
2001 Beach Street, Fort Worth

Around the Metroplex:

AIDS Arms free rapid HIV testing in partnership with Walgreens Stores at these store locations:

5001 Ross Ave.
3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Free rapid HIV testing

2909 Lemmon Ave.
1 p.m.–5 p.m.

1651 West University, McKinney
3 p.m.–7 p.m.

AIDS Arms testing on these college campuses:

Free rapid HIV testing and education
Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Road
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Collin College
2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

—  David Taffet

LOCAL BRIEFS: Agencies offering free HIV tests; DFW Bi Net celebrates Pride

Agencies offering free HIV tests

In observance of National HIV Testing Day, AIDS Interfaith Network, in partnership with Dallas County Health and Human Services, will offer free, on-site, anonymous HIV tests on Monday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, 1210 River Bend Drive.

Prevention information will be available in English and Spanish, and testing will also include screenings for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

Resource Center Dallas will offer expanded free walk-in testing opportunities Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 and Monday, June 27.

Free HIV testing will be offered Friday at the Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic, 4012 Cedar Springs Roadd, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic will be open regular hours for testing on Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


DFW Bi Net celebrates Pride

DFW Bi Net is celebrating national LGBT Pride Month with a mixer from 6 pm. to 9 pm on Thursday, June 30, in the Great Room/Champagne Room at ilume on Cedar Springs.

The event will feature margarita and pina colada machines and a drag performer.


CCGLA elects board

Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance and JCPenney Pride members recently celebrated national Gay Pride Month with a mixer at Seasons 52 during which CCGLA members also elected board members.

Kyle Mabbitt was unanimously elected to his first term on the board, and Morris Garcia, Rosemarie Odom and Bob Shimmin were unanimously re-elected to new two-year terms. The 2011/2012 CCGLA board also includes continuing members Belinda Carmikle, Jeanne Rubin, Jane Schmidt and Ron Turner.

The new board’s first meeting will be Sunday, June 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Parr Library in Plano, during which board members will elect new board officers.

—  John Wright

HIV testing and wine tasting in Plano

wineCommunity Unity Respect Education Inc. celebrates its first birthday this week with two events, a wine tasting and HIV testing in Plano.

In coordination with the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Collin College, C.U.R.E. is sponsoring a free HIV testing today, June 22. Collin College is also known as the Spring Creek Campus of Collin County Community College land and is at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Testing hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college’s Conference Center.

National HIV Testing Day is June 29 and area agencies are offering free HIV testing at various times and locations until then.

On Saturday, June 26, C.U.R.E. hosts a wine tasting at Vinter’s Cellar, 4025 Preston Road in Lakeside Market in Plano from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

—  David Taffet

AIDS organizations mark HIV Testing Day

New report from CDC says most recent data shows that MSM continue to make up the largest percentage of new infections

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer

AIDS service organizations across the Metroplez are offering free HIV testing over the next week, leading up to National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, June 27.

The Nelson-Tebedo Clinic is offering free testing Monday through Friday, June 21-25, Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the clinic on Cedar Springs. On June 27, testing will be available free at JR.’s Bar and Grill, 3923 Cedar Springs Road, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

No appointments are necessary. Rapid HIV testing results will be available within an hour.

Last year on National HIV Testing Day, 213 people came to Nelson-Tebedo to be tested, clinic officials said.

In Collin County, free testing will be available on the Springcreek Campus of Collin County Community College on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AIDS Arms will offer free testing at their office in Oak Cliff on Saturday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located at 219 Sunset Avenue, Suite 116-A.

“What we’re wanting to do is focus heavily on our area in Oak Cliff that’s heavily Latino-American who walk into our office on a regular basis,” said Darriane Martin of AIDS Arms.

They will distribute fliers along Jefferson Boulevard and in Wynnewood Village before the event and “put people on the streets” the day of testing.

“We want you to get tested, know your status, talk to us and even get some condoms if you need them,” she said.

The same day, they are partnering in the National HIV Testing Day 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. in Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn.

AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth will have extended hours at their office at 400 North Beach St. in Fort Worth on June 29. They will also participate in the third annual Neighborhood Connect at 4300 Eastland St. in Fort Worth on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week, the Center for Disease Control released its 20th annual HIV Surveillance Report noting almost 42,500 new diagnoses of HIV or AIDS in 2007 — the latest year for which statistics were available.

Of new cases reported, 53 percent could be traced to male-to-male sexual contact. More than 30 percent were the result of high-risk heterosexual contact. The rest were connected to intravenous drug use or a combination of risk factors.

More than 21,500 of new cases were among African-Americans. Whites made up the next largest group with more than 12,500 new infections.

Though Texas is the second most populous state, it ranks fourth in new diagnoses as well as in cumulative cases since the beginning of the epidemic. Since the early 1980s, 72,828 people have been identified as HIV-positive.

At the end of 2007, the CDC estimated 468,578 persons were living with HIV/AIDS and that estimate 14,561 people with AIDS died that same year. The total number of deaths related to the virus since the beginning of the epidemic is 583,298.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 18, 2010.

—  Dallasvoice

More on the latest HIV stats from the CDC

cdc_logo(2)Jennifer Horvath from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted me about my article on National HIV Testing Day that appeared in Friday’s paper.

She sent along a ton of additional statistics and clarifications. The data, of course, is not as simple as a few sentences in the paper.

First of all, our secondary headline said, “New report from CDC says most recent data shows that MSM continue to make up the largest percentage of new infections.” Of course we meant new diagnoses. Some people go years after being infected without being diagnosed. That’s what National HIV Testing Day is all about. Know your status.

And as a reminder, if you haven’t had a test recently, free testing is available all this week in a variety of locations as well as on the actual day.

—  David Taffet