World Aids Day: Free Resources HIV Testing & Outreach In El Paso
El Paosoans can join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, get tested, and help commemorate those who have lost their battle against the disease.
Today Wednesday, December 1, is World Aids Day, and several organizations in town will be offering free HIV testing across El Paso.
With the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to note that older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition might be at higher risk for severe illness. These individuals include those who are immunocompromised and who have been diagnosed with HIV.
According to the CDC, an estimated 1.1 million people in the United States had HIV at the end of 2016 - Of those people, about 14%, or 1 in 7, did not know they had HIV.
El Paso Sun City Pride, the Borderland Rainbow Center, the City of El Paso, and UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC), along with Project Vida, will host independent events while offering free, confidential HIV testing.
Stop by today to learn more about HIV/AIDS, join a live discussion, find up-to-date information along with Drag Queen performances, an art show, a candlelit vigil, and much more.
El Paso Sun City Pride
El Paso Sun City Pride will come together with local partners for an evening of outreach, education, free HIV testing, and a candlelight vigil to remember, honor, and celebrate those who have died of AIDS.
- Where: Briar Patch
- When: Wednesday – December 1, 2021 / 7 p.m.
- Admission: Free (21+)
Borderland Rainbow Center
The Borderland Rainbow Center will bring together an evening of art, education, free HIV testing, Live DJ Set by Nosnhojjj, culminating with a Drag Show featuring local talent Rumor.
- Where: Pershing Inn
- When: Wednesday – December 1, 2021 / 9 p.m.
- Admission: Free
SELC & Project Vida
- Where: UTEP – Union East Room #309
- When: Wednesday – December 1, 2021 / 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Admission: Free
The City of El Paso
The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health and El Paso Museum of History will recognize individuals living with or who have died from HIV/AIDS.
December 1 – December 4 at the El Paso Museum of History | 510 N. Santa Fe
- A large Red Ribbon is on display at the El Paso Museum of History to observe those who have died or are living with HIV or AIDS.
December 4 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of History | 510 N. Santa Fe
- The community can learn more from individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those taking PrEP to prevent HIV. They will be talking about their diagnosis and their experience of living with the diagnosis.
December 4 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of History | 510 N. Santa Fe
- The City is offering free and confidential HIV testing. Those in attendance will have free admission to the El Paso Museum of History as well.
For more information on the HIV Prevention program, call 2-1-1 or visit EPHealth.com.