PROVIDENCE – Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), will take part in Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 25, a nationwide annual fundraising event that benefits licensed AIDS service agencies in cities throughout the United States. Participating restaurants throughout Rhode Island will donate a percentage of purchases tomorrow to AIDS Project RI, which offers HIV/AIDS care and preventive services to Rhode Islanders.
"I encourage all Rhode Islanders to join me in supporting the work of AIDS Project RI by dining out at one of the state's many participating restaurants," said Dr. Fine. "HEALTH values its collaboration with this respected community partner and looks forward to working together to get the number of new HIV cases in Rhode Island to zero."
HEALTH's goal with its community partners is to reduce the number of new HIV cases in Rhode Island until there are no new cases.
To accomplish this goal, HEALTH works with many statewide community partners to encourage HIV testing for all Rhode Islanders. HEALTH has also created a drink coaster for use in area restaurants and bars. The coaster, part of HEALTH's ongoing social marketing campaign emphasizing routine HIV testing for all adults and sexually active teens, features a QR code that when scanned with a smart phone app takes users to information about the importance of HIV testing, as well as sites offering HIV tests.
"All Rhode Islanders should know their HIV status, and these coasters are a great way to remind all healthy adults to get tested," Dr. Fine said. "Events such as Dining Out for Life also remind us that the fight against HIV and AIDS is far from over."
For more information about Dining Out for Life or to find a participating restaurant, visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/providence
To find an HIV testing site, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/find/hivtestingsites/