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$10 gift card offered during expanded hours for HIV testing on Monday, March 11

Desert AIDS Project marks National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

PALM SPRINGS, CA, March 6, 2013 – “Share knowledge; take action” is the message being spread by National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, as it seeks to shed light on the often-overlooked impact of HIV/AIDS among this segment of the American population.

The most recent figures show that women and girls account for two-thirds of people in the U.S. who contracted HIV through heterosexual sex. The rate of infection among African-American women and girls continues to be disproportionately affected with an HIV infection rate 20 times that of white women and girls, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.

“More and more women have become infected with HIV since it was first reported in the early 1980s,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project. “It’s time for women and girls to get tested, to learn how to stay negative, or to get connected to care and medication if they are HIV-positive.”

Although National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day falls on a Sunday this year, D.A.P. will mark it the following day with expanded testing hours and a gift card. From 2:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, March 11 every woman or girl getting an HIV test and staying to learn its results – available in about 20 minutes – will receive a $10 gift card.

This offer is good only at Desert AIDS Project’s main campus at 1695 N. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs. While appointments are not necessary, they are encouraged. Gift cards will be made available only while supplies last.

Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.