December 1 is World Aids Day.

  • December 2, 2020

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds us that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has not gone away – there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice, improve education and get tested.  In the U.S., about 1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it. This year’s AIDS World Day theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 am – 1pm, Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) is hosting an open house and “HIV/AIDS Testing Day” event, offering free HIV/HCV/STI testing, educational materials, a video screening other items will be distributed. Box lunches will also be provided. The event is sponsored by Gilead Sciences.

WSHC encourages everyone in Boston to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested.  You could have HIV and feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once.

WSHC provides people with HIV testing and counseling services. WSHC’s HIV screening, prevention and treatment program includes free, confidential rapid 20-minute HIV testing at our main site and via our Mobile Testing Van to anyone upon request.  Christine Pajarillo, vice president of Programs and Social Services said, “Patients who test positive, are immediately linked to a High Risk Case Manager and Peer Support to assist with linkage to medical care and other resources.”

Ending the HIV epidemic requires us to recognize and address the social challenges that block marginalized groups from equally accessing services.  Although COVID-19 restrictions posed many challenges, WSHC continues to innovate to meet those in need during these unprecedented times.  For more information, visit Whittier Street Heath Center.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).