Free HIV/AIDS Testing Saturday for Women and Girls

By Barbara Melendez


TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 18, 2010) – Women and girls in the Tampa Bay area will be able to get tested and receive information about HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, Saturday, March 20 at the Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center, 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  This free and open event is sponsored by the University of South Florida Institute on Black Life in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. in celebration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness. Every female who gets tested will receive a coupon for free eyelash extensions. There will be fun activities as well as live entertainment, music and food for the entire family.


“Either way the testing results go, either to get a clean bill of health or to find out in enough time to get help, those tested can’t lose,” said Clara Cobb, Institute on Black Life coordinator. “We encourage every woman, young and elderly, to come and bring friends and family to enjoy the day’s activities.” 


This nationwide initiative was developed to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Families, health organizations, businesses, communities, government and individuals are coming together all over the country to provide support, encourage discussion and educate women and girls about practicing safe methods and importance of getting tested.


“The number of HIV/AIDS cases is growing at an alarming rate in Hillsborough County, especially for Women of color,” said Tiffani Watts. “Our goal is to get at least 100 women tested.”


For more information about HIV/AIDS among women and girls, please visit 


To find county and state statistics about HIV/AIDS, please visit


To learn more about the event, contact Clara Cobb at 974-9387 or or Tiffani Watts via e-mail at



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.