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Leaving no man behind’, National testing day 2019

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019. 9:10 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The National AIDS Commission (NAC) and its partners in the national HIV response are coming together for the Second Annual National Testing Day event, being held under the theme “Leave no man behind”.

The event, which features free HIV testing, counseling and referral services,  is set for Friday, June 28, at various testing sites countrywide including Battle Field Park, Belize City; Old Marketplace, Corozal; Central Park, Orange Walk; Scotiabank parking lot, Belmopan;
parking lot next to A&R, Dangriga; Central Park, Punta Gorda; Central Park, San Pedro Town, and Welcome Center, San Ignacio.

Anellie Paredez, Communications and Programs Officer for the (NAC), explained that the event is geared towards getting as many people to know their HIV status as possible, but places a special emphasis on men which is the group that has traditionally had a lower turnout when it comes to getting tested.

“We’ve got incentives this year for men to come out. We’re encouraging men to come out, and we’re encouraging women to bring a man,” Paradez said.

Every man tested will receive a raffle ticket for prizes which include a cell phone from Digi, tickets for tours sponsored by Chukka, or male grooming kits from Courts.

The first National Testing Day was historic on two fronts, being the first time Belize took ownership of the initiative, which was once Regional Testing Day sponsored by Scotiabank. It also marked the first time in an eight-year span that more men had been tested than
women.

There were 1,753 persons tested at that event and the NAC is aiming to surpass that amount this year.

 

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