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Outreach effort for HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

To commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Village of Hempstead and the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. will host an outreach event Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich St.

Outreach staff will provide HIV/AIDS-related educational materials, free HIV rapid testing and hepatitis C testing facilitation. The event will include remarks by Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. and guest speakers, as well as workshops from 3  to 6 p.m. and entertainment.

The 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be celebrated nationally Tuesday. The national initiative targets blacks in the United States and the Diaspora and promotes education, testing, involvement and treatment.

Representing 14 percent of the U.S. population, blacks account for 44 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further  information about the event, call the Long Island Association for AIDS Care at 516-489-3400, ext. 286 or 1-877-TO-LIAAC.

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