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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is inviting residents to participate in local events recognizing Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7.

“We have come a long way in raising awareness of the impact HIV and AIDS have on the Black community across the state,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “By amplifying awareness and sharing resources, we can dismantle barriers to care and fight the stigma that exists around HIV and AIDS.”

Prior to becoming state senator, Turner worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Educating and bringing awareness to prevention and testing to Black HIV/Aids was something she worked on for years.

The Phoenix Center and Fifth Street Renaissance are hosting two events on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Free HIV and HIC testing, harm reduction supplies, food and more will be available for attendees.

The Phoenix Center’s event will be at Clays Popeye BBQ, located at 1121 South Grand Ave. E. in Springfield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fifth Street Renaissance will be hosting an event at Cook Street Renaissance, located at 2218 E. Cook St. in Springfield from 2-5 p.m.

“Fifth Street Renaissance works diligently every day to address the health disparities that still exist in Illinois,” said Fifth Street Renaissance Executive Director Penny Powell. “While we have come a long way, there is still much work to do to ensure all communities and neighborhoods have equal access to quality, comprehensive healthcare that is accessible and inclusive.”

People with questions can reach out to Turner’s office at 217-782-0228.