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HIV Testing Day Slated for June in CT Cities

NEW HAVEN — Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will offer free rapid HIV testing services at select health centers in Connecticut this June.

National HIV Testing Day is June 27.

In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV. In Connecticut, there are more than 10,200 people living with HIV. Almost one in seven do not know they are infected.

“You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have HIV – the only way to know is to get tested. We invite all people who do not know their status to come for a free test,” said Judy Tabar President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “National HIV Testing Day is a reminder that getting tested for HIV is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV and taking care of ourselves.”

In an effort to promote early detection and a healthy community, PPSNE will be offering free rapid HIV tests at select health centers during normal business hours on Monday, June 27.

Appointments are not necessary, but encouraged. Everyone who gets tested on June 27 will receive a free information bag that includes fun giveaways, educational brochures and safe sex supplies. The following health centers in Connecticut will be providing free rapid tests:

Bridgeport Health Center

211 State Street

Bridgeport, CT 06604

8 AM – 3:30 PM

Hartford Health Center

1229 Albany Avenue

Hartford, CT 06112

11 AM – 6:45 PM

New Haven Health Center

345 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

9 AM – 6:30 PM

“Our health centers are open to everyone and we are here to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have. Once you know your status, there is a lot you can do to protect your health, including practicing safer sex,” said Tabar. “The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get any treatment and information you might need. Early treatment can help prevent serious health problems in the future.”

To make an appointment or for more information, call 1 (800) 230-PLAN (7526) or visit

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School Choice Begins in Connecticut

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  School Choice Week starts on Monday in Connecticut and across America.

From now until Jan.  31, there will be 153 school choice events across the state.

The events are part of National School Choice Week, which will feature 11,082 events across America – the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history. In Hartford, several educators plan to discuss the future of North End schools on Jan. 31 at Liberty Christian Center at 9: 30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Achieve Hartford!, African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, Hartford Parent University, Daughters of Eve, and the Blue Hills Civic Association.

School Choice Week events in Connecticut include open houses, information sessions, policy roundtable discussions and more – planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups and individuals.

“Connecticut families have choices when it comes to where to send their children to school, and National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for families to look into the options available to them, and, if they feel they want greater opportunities — to have their voices heard,” said  Andrew R. Campanella, president, National School Choice Week

Officials said the goal of the events is to inform parents about the K-12 education options available for their children, while raising awareness of the benefits providing families with a variety of different options for their children’s education.

Connecticut cities with the most events will also be in  New Haven,  Bridgeport,  and Waterbury.

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Malloy and Harp Announce Plans for New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Connecticut Democrats are seemingly making moves to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy win the reelection, teaming up with other high-profile politicos from New Haven.

Malloy joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, New Haven Board of Alders President Jorge Perez and LiveWorkLearnPlay Co-Managing Partner and Founding Principal Max Reim on Thursday announced a $21.5 million investment in phase two of the New Haven’s Downtown Crossing Plan.

thehartfordguardian_10th_anniversary_458x60_01Officials said that these funds will provide the infrastructure improvements needed to pave the way for the $395 million redevelopment of the former New Haven Coliseum site by developer LiveWorkLearnPlay.  The project is expected to generate 2,809 permanent jobs at full operation creating $188,810,000 in annual wages.

LiveWorkLearnPlay officials said they, too, are also working with the city and New Haven Works to ensure employment opportunities for residents.

The Downtown Crossing Phase II project transforms this area of New Haven, removing a highway that has been a barrier to connectivity, and replacing the highway with urban boulevards.  This funding will allow for Union Station, the Medical District and the Hill neighborhood to connect with Downtown New Haven by rejoining South Orange Street across the current Route 34 towards Union Station, along an at-grade street for pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles.

Downtown Crossing is expected allow the Coliseum Site Redevelopment to attract 35 to 40 new small to mid-sized permanent businesses and up to 25 seasonal incubator businesses, along with a mix of quality housing options ranging from market rate, low, moderate, workforce and affordable housing.

Downtown Crossing, the city’s plan to transform Route 34 East reclaiming 10 acres of land ideally suited for transit-oriented development, is a major keystone in the city’s overall redevelopment efforts providing a dense mix of commercial, retail, and housing located within an easy walk of transit.



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Planned Parenthood Backs Free Testing in Hartford on Black AIDS/HIV Awareness Day

NEW HAVEN – Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb 7  by raising awareness of the disproportionate impact of this epidemic on African Americans and by supporting free HIV testing in New Haven and Hartford.

African Americans account for almost half of all HIV infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  An estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection in their lifetime, said the PPSNE announcement

“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community and unite in the fight to increase access to health care for all Americans,” said Judy Tabar, president and chief executive officer of New Haven-based PPSNE.


PPSNE is supporting the following community efforts to educate and raise awareness on HIV/AIDS on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Friday:

Hartford – Community fair with free HIV and STD testing, 2 to 5 p.m., Liberty Christian Center International, 23 Vine St.

New Haven –  Free HIV testing and Affordable Care Act enrollment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.

Under the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, preventive health care services, like HIV testing, is covered without a co-pay. Additionally, no one can be denied coverage or charged more because of pre-existing conditions like being HIV-positive.

In 2012, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England provided more than 16,500 HIV tests in the Connecticut and Rhode Island – including rapid HIV testing. Last year, Planned Parenthood conducted close to 700,000 HIV tests nationally.

“We are proud to help more people access a wide range of critical preventive health care services, including HIV testing,” Tabar said.

For more information, visit

Please join in for a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Twitter chat/”town hall meeting” on Friday, February 7, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


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