In conjunction with the U.S. Conference on AIDS held in New Orleans, Walgreens locations throughout New Orleans will offer free HIV testing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A February 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said New Orleans ranks as the third-highest city for new HIV diagnoses (with Baton Rouge ranking second-highest), while the South accounts for nearly half of all new HIV diagnoses, and 46 percent of new AIDS cases each year.
The National Minority AIDS Council holds its annual conference in New Orleans Sept. 8-11. While its 2013 Summit to End HIV/AIDS in America will focus on enrolling people living with HIV into Affordable Care Act programs, the "region-specific" conference will address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South. (Visit www.nmac.org for details.)
Walgreens partnered with the NO/AIDS Task Force to offer free HIV testing with no appointment necessary. — ALEX WOODWARD