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Baltimore County offers free HIV testing at multiple locations

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting five, free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The clinics will be held from February 5 to 8 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.

February 7, 2018 is NBHAAD’s 18th 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 14% are unaware of it. And, although African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for approximately 44% 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 5, from 4 to 7 PM

Towson Health Center – 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286

February 6, from 8:30 AM to 6 PM

Woodlawn Health Center - 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 21207

February 7, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212

February 8, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212

February 8, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Eastern Family Resource Center – 9100 Franklin Square Drive, 21237

Please note in the event of inclement weather, the clinics may be canceled, and will not be rescheduled. For cancellation information, call 410-887-2437.

For more information on Baltimore County’s NBHAAD clinics or year-round HIV testing clinics, call 410-887-2437 or visit

“Cuddle Shuttle” to Participate in Holiday Events in Dundalk and White Marsh 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County’s new Animal Services Adoption Express, affectionately called the “Cuddle Shuttle,” will make its public debut this weekend at community holiday events. The $182,000 customized mobile adoption vehicle will visit community events year-round to offer convenient opportunities for people to adopt pets from Baltimore County Animal Services.

“Our Animal Services team is doing a tremendous job with adoptions and live releases from the animal shelter and this new mobile unit is a great tool to help us get the word out and find loving homes for our adoptable pets,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We invite community groups and organizations to request our Cuddle Shuttle to participate in community events all around the County.”

The Adoption Express will appear in the following events tomorrow, Saturday, December 2:

  • White Marsh Holiday Parade, 10 a.m., The Avenue at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Blvd., White Marsh;
  • Dundalk Holiday Hoopla and Train Garden, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center Place, Dundalk;
  • Dundalk Christmas Parade, 4 p.m., Corner of Shipping Place and South Center Place to Heritage Park, Dundalk;

The Adoption Express may be requested by contacting the Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at More information about pet adoption is available on the County website at

Department of Health and Human Services Invites all Baltimore County Residents to Super Saturday Clinics

Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.

On Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven councilmanic districts:

  • Drumcastle Government Center
    6401 York Road, First Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21212
  • Dundalk Middle School 
    7400 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Hereford Middle School
    712 Corbett Road
    Monkton, Maryland 21111
  • Lansdowne Middle School
    2400 Lansdowne Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227 
  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Middle River Middle School
    800 Middle River Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Pikesville Middle School
    7701 Seven Mile Lane
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the County, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine - even if they were vaccinated last year - since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.

“I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit

Revised September 11, 2017