When NWA Center for Equality was founded in 2006, one of the organization’s goals was to provide a source for free and anonymous HIV testing in Northwest Arkansas.
On Wednesday, Dec. 1, that goal will become a reality.
The organization last week announced a new program called NWA HIV/AIDS Outreach and Prevention Education (NWA HOPE). Free testing will begin at the center on World Aids Day (Dec. 1), and will continue on Mondays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. by appointment.
The center also announced that beginning in March 2011, HIV/AIDS instructors will be available to speak throughout the NWA region.
“A program like this has been a long term goal of our center, and is the culmination of the continued passion of so many of our members,” said Raymond Sweet, president of the NWA Center for Equality. “Free, confidential testing in a supportive atmosphere is a need in the NWA area.”
NWA Center for Equality will also observe World Aids Day with a candle light vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Rogue Pizza. There, they will be accepting donations to help continue to fund the program, along with non-perishable food items to be distributed by Positive Links, a long standing HIV/Aids support program.
For testing appointments, to donate supplies, or for questions about the program, contact Arlis Young at 479-462-4681 or [email protected].