This Thursday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The Douglas County Health Department is holding a two-hour program to inform and educate the black community about HIV and AIDS, and provide free testing.
Sherri Nared, of the Douglas County Health Department, says the evening will feature skits and poems focused on how HIV affects people in their everyday lives.
Nared says those attending can also be tested for STDs and HIV at no cost.
"Just get tested because your test may change your life. You may find out that you’re negative and you decide you want to take the precautionary measures to stay negative. Or you may find that you’re positive and you want to take the precautionary measures to stay healthy so the important thing is just to get tested. We offer free testing at Douglas County but at this actual event you can get tested if you want and it’s confidential.”
Nared says the event will be held at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.