Dine Out! Save Lives! Baton Rouge’s newest event joins a national campaign to raise awareness and funds to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. By now you’ve heard the news: Per capita, Baton Rouge has more people living with AIDS than any other major city in the country. So it’s appropriate that a local agency, HIV/AIDS Alliance (HAART), has joined the nationwide Dining Out for Life campaign.
On April 25th get your friends and family together to support a great cause, while enjoying some of the best food that Baton Rouge has to offer.
There are more than 5,000 of our friends, neighbors and family members in the Baton Rouge area who are living with HIV infection or AIDS. One-third of those are women. There are about 300 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most acquired the infection through unprotected sex, not realizing the risk they were exposing themselves to. Sometimes, even though they were faithful, their partner wasn’t, and the disease is most disproportionately affecting the African-American population. 85% of those diagnosed with HIV last year were black. But it’s not who you are; it’s what you do. So keep your wits, choose carefully, ASK their status then wrap it up anyway. Get tested asap if you “forget”.
For free confidential HIV testing, call HAART at 927-1269, or come by our office at 4550 North Blvd, near BRCC. No appointment needed. Don’t forget — Stay Safe!