The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation continues to work on easing the stigma surrounding HIV in South Texas. They were out in full force Wednesday to bring awareness to the community regarding HIV prevention.

Wednesday marked National Black HIV and Aids Awareness Day, and the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation brought free screening to the community.

"It's an opportunity for us to recognize those populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV, but also an opportunity to come together and support HIV prevention," Alison Johnson said.

HIV is still not curable, but with the help of medication, hundreds diagnosed are living healthy lives here in the Coastal Bend, while many cases of HIV go unreported.

"The infection is still out there. People are still at risk, so we want to make sure they know their status and know how to prevent it themselves," Johnson said.

The need for education is what brought many out to the mobile clinic.

"I heard it was a free service to the community and I believe in preventative maintenance, so I am taking advantage of it. It's awesome," Jess said.

Jess now breathes a sigh of relief after taking control of her health, and she encourages others to do the same.

"You get your results, and you can walk away with a smile like I am, knowing your day is going to be even better," Jess said.

All it takes is the need to know and the simple prick of a finger, and just 20 minutes later you will know your HIV status.

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