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Collin College, Local Agencies Offer Free HIV Testing

June 8, 2010 – Collin College is hosting free HIV testing from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.

The testing will ensure privacy and results are available shortly after testing. Counselors will be on hand for educational and support purposes.

The free testing is also an opportunity to view some of the patches from the AIDS quilt, which will be on display.

Also, visit booths from local agencies and departments with resources and giveaways.

The HIV testing is in honor of National HIV Testing Day, which falls on June 27.

The event is sponsored by Community, Unity, Respect, Education (CURE) Inc. and the Greater Dallas Council of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

In April 2010, the Dallas Morning News published an article which indicated that Dallas County continues to maintain the highest number of new HIV cases throughout Texas.

"The HIV epidemic in Dallas County is reaching crisis levels in terms of our city's health status, economics and quality of life," said Raeline Nobles, executive director of AIDS Arms in Dallas.

Sheryldine Samuel, board member and director HIV/AIDS Education of CURE said, “In light of this recent article and in connection with National HIV Testing Day, we felt it is timely and very important to offer free testing to the public in Collin County because of our close proximity to Dallas County.”

Samuel added that education, awareness and early diagnosis are the best defenses against the disease.

E-mail Samuel at for more information.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.