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National HIV Testing Day at Hamilton Center


Hamilton Health Center focused on National HIV Testing Day June 27 in the Highmark Community Room in Harrisburg.

The event featured information about the center's services, free refreshments, giveaways and even a chance to win a new Kindle.

The center’s HOPE Program - Hiv/AIDS Care is staffed by a variety of specialized, trained individuals who represent the patient population ethnic disparities. The staff plays leadership roles in sustaining the HOPE Program, promoting HIV testing, counseling, treatment, awareness and education in the Harrisburg area.

The HOPE Program was established in 2001 to provide HIV Support in Harrisburg. The program provides treatment, education and preventative services to Dauphin County and surrounding areas. The HOPE Program encourages HIV testing in Harrisburg and HIV treatment in Harrisburg, performs intensive community outreach, provides speakers who describe the program’s services, and organizes a variety of events to educate people.

Testing is offered Mondays through Fridays, with or without appointments. 

Click here for more information about the center and the program.

Dauphin County has PA’s 4th highest rate of AIDS with 1200-1600 HIV cases African Americans are 18.1% of the County population.

Centers for Disease Control data indicates for 2016 (latest year available) –

African Americansaccount for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those who have ever received an AIDS diagnosis, compared to other races/ethnicities.

In 2016, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise 12% of the U.S. population.

More than half (58%, 10,223) of African Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were gay or bisexual men.

17,528 African Americans received an HIV diagnosis in the United States (12,890 men and 4,560 women).

Among African American gay and bisexual men who received an HIV diagnosis, 39% (3,993) were young men aged 25 to 34.

Forty-seven percent (8,501) of those who received an AIDS diagnosis in the United States were African American.