Manatee Health Department to offer free AIDS screenings

February 8, 2013 

Free AIDS screenings

being offered

BRADENTON -- In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Manatee County Health Department, in collaboration with Casa Restauración Salem, will offer free, confidential HIV/AIDS and STD screenings to the public 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Testing will take place at 1470 Martin Luther King Ave. E., Bradenton.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day as a platform to promote HIV prevention, testing and treatment among African -Americans in the United States, a group that is disproportionately affected by HIV.

HIV has been the leading cause of death for African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44 for 22 years, (1988-2010). In 2011, African Americans accounted for 49 percent of all persons living with HIV in Florida and 60 percent of all AIDS deaths in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health,

In addition to free rapid results HIV/AIDS and STD screenings, there will be free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as community partners hosting information booths to provide medical and non-medical resources to attendees. This event will be family-friendly and includes free live entertainment, raffles, food, and kids' activities.

Information: 941-748-0747, ext. 1432.

University Park man tapped for State Board of Education

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott has appointed University Park resident John A. Colon to the State Board of Education.

Colon, 61, is a senior vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors. He was the chairman of the Sarasota Housing Committee for two years and currently serves as vice chairman. Colon is also a member of the Florida Black Business Investment Board.

He received his bachelor's degree from Queens College in 1974. Colon succeeds Akshay M. Desai and is appointed for a term beginning February 7, 2013, and ending December 31, 2014.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

'Death by Chocolate' charity event is Sunday

BRADENTON -- The West Coast Woman's Club is hosting "Death By Chocolate," an afternoon of tasting fine wines, sipping select coffees and drowning in chocolate 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the H2U facility, 6670 Cortez Road.

The event will benefit various Manatee County charities. Jazz favorites will be performed by the Don Merlot Jazz Combo.

The West Coast Woman's Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service and providing opportunities that strengthen the role of women.

Cost: $12 donation at the door. Information: Kelly Helm at 941-447-8238.

-- Herald staff reports

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