National HIV Testing Day
On June 27, we will observe National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV.
HIV is a serious public health issue that affects us nationally and locally. It is estimated that more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. today -- and 1 in 7 of them don't even know it. It is believed that this population accounts for almost 40% of ongoing transmissions in the U.S.
The City of Alexandria has the 5th highest rate of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Virginia, and the highest rate of HIV infection in Northern Virginia. And we continue to see a gradual rise in Alexandria's rates of new HIV infections since 2014.
Come to one of our events to help us promote HIV testing and to get free testing! Each of us should #KnowOurStatus.
Join us for an evening of laughter at our "Laugh and Learn" Comedy Explosion in honor of National HIV Testing Day. The event will feature the comedic stylings of host, Schweitz Whichard, and will offer FREE testing on site.
Comedy Explosion featuring Schewitz Whichard
June 27 | 7 P.M. - 9 P.M.
Alley Cat Restaurant ▪ 2 South Whiting St., Alexandria
Light refreshments will be served.
Sketch and Play
Enjoy a fun-filled night with sexy models, free food, bomb music, and a beautiful rooftop as we celebrate National HIV Testing Day! Sketch instructors will help you discover your inner artist as you socialize with old and new friends. In addition to sketching half-naked models, we will host games and raffle off adult prizes.
Come ready to eat, dance, sketch, and mingle with beautiful people and the Getting to Zero crew! Tickets are limited so get yours now!
Sketch and Play
June 28 | 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Parc Meridian at Eisenhower ▪ 750 Port Street, Alexandria
Raffle prizes, swag bags, free HIV/STI testing, and more offered on site.
These celebrations are part of Alexandria Health Department's City-wide "Getting to Zero" initiative, which aims to achieve Zero Infections | Zero HIV Deaths | Zero Stigma. The Getting to Zero initiative pushes for universal HIV testing across Alexandria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every person between 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. (Persons at higher risk should get tested at least once a year as recommended by their doctor.) HIV screening helps to identify people living with HIV and get those individuals into care. Early treatment can, not only improve the health of that individual, but also significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission. To find out more about Getting to Zero Alexandria, visit our page.