The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada will host We Speak Life, an evening of poetry and spoken word to commemorate National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Local poets will share their gifts of encouragement through the power of words. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, community resources, and HIV testing and counseling from 1 pm to 6 pm.
HIV/STD testing and counseling is available in the clinic at The Center’s newly named Arlene Cooper Community Health Center. Nevada, specifically Clark County, has the 5th highest rate of new HIV in the US. Clark County is one of 48 counties that contributes to over 50% of all new HIV infections in the US (source: AIDSVU.org). About one quarter of Americans living with HIV are women.
“Testing is the only way to keep yourself and your sexual partners healthy and National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to bring special attention to the value of testing,” says Kiande Jakada (He/Him/His), HIV Advocate at The Center.
The Center is located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway. The event is open to all.
About The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center)
For over 25 years, The Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ+ individuals and underserved populations in Nevada. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQ+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and underserved populations. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind, focusing on LGBTQ issues for victim advocacy. For more information on how The Center empowers everyone to thrive in Nevada, please visit https://www.thecenterlv.org.