Archive for Friday, June 24, 2011

Health department offering free HIV testing

June 24, 2011

Every year, organizations across the nation engage with communities to promote early diagnosis and HIV testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

The Johnson County Health Department is offering free, confidential HIV testing from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the health department, 6000 Lamar Ave. in Mission. Testing is open to anyone age 13 or older, no appointment is needed, and results are available in about 20 minutes.

Because anyone can get HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone between age 13 and 64 be tested as a routine part of their medical care.

The CDC estimates that 250,000 of the 1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States don't know they have it. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.

“Early HIV diagnosis is critical so people who are infected can fully benefit from available live-saving treatments,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Health Department.

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