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Testing Available Feb. 1 - 8 in Observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting seven free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The clinics will be held from February 1 to 8 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.
February 7, 2016 is NBHAAD’s 16th year. The initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV among African Americans. One of its key components is testing as it is hoped that African Americans will mark February 7 of every year as their annual or biannual day to get tested for HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to have HIV, approximately 15.8% are unaware of it. And, although African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for 47% of the HIV diagnoses.
“Even though these clinics are being held in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s critical for everyone ages 13 and older to get tested and to know their status,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “What you don’t know can hurt you—and others. So take advantage of our free testing opportunities.”
All testing is oral, and the results are provided within 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary.
HIV Clinic Schedule
- February 1, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM
- Hannah More Health Center - 12035 Reisterstown Road, 21136
- February 1, from 9 AM to 2 PM
- Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212
- February 2, from 5 to 7 PM
- Woodlawn Health Center - 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 21207
- February 3, from 9 AM to Noon
- Towson Health Center - 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286
- February 4, from 8:30 AM to Noon
- Lansdowne Health Center - 3902 Annapolis Road, 21227
- February 4, from 9 AM to 2 PM
- Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212
- February 8, from 5 to 7 PM
- Liberty Family Resource Center - 3525 Resource Drive, 21133
Please note in the event of inclement weather, the clinics may be canceled, and will not be rescheduled. For cancellation information, call 410-887-4381.
For more information on Baltimore County’s NBHAAD clinics or year-round HIV testing clinics, call 410-887-2437 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.
Topics Include Snow Operations, Quitting Smoking and the County's Legislative and Budget Priorities in Annapolis
The January edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:
- Winter Storm Operations – Get the perspective from behind the snowplow from two of Baltimore County’s Snowfighters.
- 2016 General Assembly Priorities – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz details the County’s legislative and budget priorities for this year’s legislative session in Annapolis.
- Get Help to Quit Smoking – Baltimore County’s Health Department has resources to help you quit – for good!
To view streaming video of the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
- Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: Noon, 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
- Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Area Residents Urged to Seek Medical Attention if Bitten or Scratched
The Baltimore County Department of Health recovered a laboratory-confirmed rabid raccoon from Rosebank Avenue in Dundalk (21222) on Monday, December 28.
The raccoon was not known to have had direct contact with any humans; however, there is a strong probability that this rabid raccoon had contact with other animals in this neighborhood. As a result of this serious public health threat, Baltimore County Animal Services will place traps where the raccoon was found, in accordance with recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Any person who had direct contact with a raccoon should contact their physician for immediate risk assessment and treatment. Additionally, notify the Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) by calling 410-887-6011 to report the exposure(s). If calling after 4:30 p.m., call 410-832-7182.
Rabies Prevention Tips:
- Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. It is recommended that all pets get microchipped and wear their license on their collar.
- Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
- Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
- Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are in this neighborhood and are bitten or scratched by your own animal, a wild, stray or feral animal.
- Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray animals, especially if they appear to be sick.
- For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly covered containers.
Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay and neutering. For information on getting your pet microchipped, licensed, spayed and neutered and vaccinated against rabies, call 410-887-PAWS (7297)