Friday, March 16, 2012

Belle offers HIV/AIDS tests for women

 In celebration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Belle Center and Alianza Latina is offering free health screenings along special beauty treatments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., March 17 at The Buffalo United Artists Theater located at 119 W. Chippewa St. This year’s theme, Celebrate You!, is for females to recognize their inner beauty.
 Tayrin Tapia-Torres, event coordinator for the Belle Center, said she is excited for the Celebrate You! theme to show women of all ages, especially younger girls, the importance of self confidence and how to care for themselves.
 nbsp;Nursing students from D’Youville College will provide information on asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular issues as well as offer testing for asthma and high blood pressure. Tree Beauty, a non-for profit organization from Los Angeles, will be on hand to provide information about the dangers of eating disorders and promote self-awareness. The confidential HIV test will be done next door at Evergreen Health Services.
 Makeovers will be provided by local makeup artist Neisha Mua. Mua said she feels honored to have been asked to participate.
 “It’s important for young girls in the Hispanic community to be informed of the dangers associated with HIV,” Mua said.
nbsp;Representatives with MAC cosmetics will also be on hand to display various lipstick samples. Free 10-minute massages will be provided by Massage Connections, and the first 100 people will receive sample bags from Sephora. For more information on the event, call 716-852-5969. By Kristina Ferris and Megan Kreps