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June 27, 2012, marked the 19th National HIV Testing Day, which recommends people of all ages to “Get Tested, Get Educated.” HIV testing is a critical step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health and lifestyle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention esitimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States of America, and almost 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected.

Did you know: The African American population is disportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Among Virginians living with HIV/AIDS, 62% are African American. Based on the number of cases reported in 2009, Richmond has the second highest rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the state.

Join Radio One and Miss Community Cloovia for the “HIV & STI Testing-Roller Skate Party Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Skate Land 5512 Hull Street Road. Enjoy a night of fun and the opportunity to get FREE testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and win Wal-Mart gift cards.

Family Skate: 7:30pm-10:30pm (all ages)

Adult Skate:   10:30pm-12:30am (age 18 & up)

Free admission passes available from the Richmond City Health District, 400 East Cary Street, 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday before the event.  Presented by the Richmond STI Coalition, Richmond City Health District and Radio One Richmond.

Pamela Price is HIV/STD Health Counselor with the Richmond City Health District says there are 104 new cases of HIV in the City of Richmond and syphilis is on the rise as well. Listen to our interview here

For more information about testing sites in the City of Richmond, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/richmondcity/

For more information on testing and statistics across Virginia, please visit  www.aids.gov/awareness-days/national-hiv-testing-day/, www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/DiseasePrevention/