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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, March 4, 2013

SBNC Offering Free HIV & Hepatitis C Testing

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics West Side Clinic Holds Free HIV/Hepatitis C Testing Event for Women and Girls, one day only free service on Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) West Side Clinic is offering a free HIV/Hepatitis C test to women and girls of South Santa Barbara County. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SBNC’s Westside Neighborhood Clinic located at 628 W. Micheltorena St. (next to the corner gas station) in Santa Barbara.


This event is being held in conjunction with the 8th Annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance held on March 10, 2013, to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and empower people and communities to take action. The theme of this years’ awareness day is “Share Knowledge; Take Action.”

HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue in the United States. Women of all ages can get HIV/AIDS and account for approximately 24 percent of all HIV diagnoses. “As individuals and communities we all have a role to play in educating and empowering women and girls to get tested, know their status and help spread the word to others,” said Javier Ortega, SBNC’s HIV/Hepatitis C Program Director.

Parking is available on the surrounding streets. Participants will be offered the choice of a quick test which takes between twenty to forty minutes or a blood test.

For more information about this event, contact: Javier Ortega at 805.963.1547 extension 3017; Javier.ortega@sbclinics.com or Dru Sturdivan 805.963.1546 extension 3018; dru.sturdivan@sbclinics.com

For more information about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit womenshealth.gov/nwghaad.

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