Bret Camp

Resource Center Dallas and AIDS Arms in partnership with Dallas County Health and Human Services will hold a community forum at Richland College on Thursday.

Bret Camp of RCD said this is the third in a series in locations heavily impacted by HIV around the county.

Topics for Thursday’s forum include outreach and educational awareness; testing and screening; and social and follow-up services.

“This event targets the high morbidity rate in the 75243 zip code,” he said, an area around Forest Lane and Audelia Road. He said the forum is especially geared toward African-American men who have sex with men, but everyone is welcome.

The Dallas area has one of the highest HIV infection rates in Texas. An analysis of countywide HIV data last fall identified trends that show particular areas of the county to have high case rates.

“Residents living with HIV are encouraged to attend the forum so that we can learn about their needs and they can learn what resources are available to them,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson.

The forum is open to the public and free. It will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Richland Community College, 12800 Abrams Road, Sabine Hall, Room 118.