Orlando – This year will be the first time the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will help raise awareness about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) by holding an event in Orlando. The Department of Health will be partnering with The Center, Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium and the community to educate Central Florida about HIV and aging.
The Sept. 18 event is free and will take place at The Center. There will be rapid HIV testing, flu shots, blood pressure screenings and educational resources at the disposal for attendees.
“The Center is thrilled to be organizing and collaborating with our partner organizations on this HIV/Aging Awareness Day event. It is a great addition to our Seniors Programs here at The Center,” said Russell Walker, Interim Executive Director, in a press release.
The statistics for the aging population in relation to HIV shows that HIV doesn’t discriminate against anyone based on age. People ages 50 and older is the fastest growing group of people infected with HIV. One in six diagnoses in the U.S. is someone who is age 50 and older.
The press release says the goal of holding a NHAAAD event is to “emphasize the need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS.”
WHAT: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day event
WHERE: The Center, 946 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
WHEN: Sept. 18, 3- 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Ken Terrell at 407-803-1586, or visit www.NHAAAD.org