Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc. Celebrates World AIDS Day
Tulsa, OK- On a day dedicated to encouraging HIV/AIDS prevention, a Tulsa non-profit wants Tulsans to get familiar with their HIV status. More than 4,600 people in Oklahoma are known to be living with HIV/AIDS, but the true number is likely greater, as one in eight people who have the disease aren’t aware they are positive for HIV.
Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc., known as H.O.P.E., is offering FREE HIV testing from 9am-8pm on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1st. Also, H.O.P.E is a community sponsor of a FREE memorial service remembering those who have died of AIDS and those who are fighting for their lives. The service will be held at The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center from 7-8:30pm.
- The organization says 50,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS are reported each year.
- The OSDH 2014 HIV/AIDS Profile indicates that over the past 5 years there has been an overall upward trend in newly diagnosed HIV cases.
- Of these cases, ages 13-29 had the highest number (128) and accounts for (41.2%). When combined with age 30-39 (73), total (201),
- The Tulsa MSA accounted for 33.8% (105) of the new HIV cases. This rate was 10.8 cases per 100,000, approximately 1.4 times higher than the state rate (8.0 per 100,000).
2016 World AIDS Day- FREE HIV Testing
Thursday, December 1st from 9am-8pm
H.O.P.E. Testing Clinic
3540 E 31st St. #3, Tulsa, OK 74135
World AIDS Day Memorial Service
Thursday, December 1st from 7pm-8:30pm
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center-
621 E. 4th St. in Downtown Tulsa
Wear Red to commemorate those who have died
and to remember those who are still fighting to live.
Media Contact: PR Manager, Emily Shunatona at firstname.lastname@example.org |918.902.2329
Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc.’s (H.O.P.E.) mission is to create a healthier community. The organization provides outreach and clinic services focused on HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and Hepatitis C (HCV). H.O.P.E offers comprehensive prevention education, risk reduction and safe sex supplies, counseling, testing and for those who test positive, referrals to medical care and social services. H.O.P.E. has provided HIV/ STD testing in Tulsa and surrounding communities for nearly 20 years at its clinic and through a variety of targeted outreach sites. More than half of H.O.P.E.’s clients are uninsured, underinsured or underserved.