The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Observances

  • June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

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    Knowledge is power. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 people living with HIV do not know they have it. The stigma of HIV/AIDS, fear of a positive result, and negative perceptions about HIV testing may hinder some from getting tested. National HIV Testing Day was established to promote HIV testing so more people can be empowered by knowing their status. This year's theme is "Take the Test. Take Control."

    HIV testing is a top priority in the African American community due to high HIV/AIDS rates. HIV testing protects the health of the person being tested, their partners and potential partners, and ultimately the wider community. Early detection of HIV also helps HIV+ people live longer, healthier lives.

    AAPH is committed to the fight against HIV. Learn about AAHP's HIV testing and education programs here.

Community Health News

  • June 13, 2016

    County Seeks Volunteers to Work with Victims of Sexual Assault

    Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a late May 2016 training session. VASAP outreach volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours in 2014 serving victims of sexual assault in Montgomery County.

    Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

    For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.
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