Free HIV screenings available Wednesday as part of National HIV Testing Day
28 June, 2018, 17:56
The National HIV Testing Day aims to reach individuals at risk of HIV exposure who lack adequate sexual health resources and capacity for HIV testing, including members of the LGBTQ2 community, off-reserve Indigenous communities and people who use drugs.
"We do a really rapid test".
Particularly high-risk groups include gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, along with people who have recently had a sexually transmitted infection, and those with multiple sex partners met through hook up apps or websites.
There are at least 1.1 million HIV-positive Americans, but according to the CDC, one in seven people with HIV don't know they carry the virus. "When I found out, there really wasn't support here", said the executive chair for the Debra Smith Wellness Center, which hosted the free test site at a Midtown Columbus Walgreens. However, the location also has an Out of the Closet store, offers free HIV testing and has an AHF Pharmacy in the OTC.
The inauguration of the committee takes strength from the GAC Act 2016, which makes provisions to safeguard the rights of Persons living With HIV and AIDS and established HIV and AIDS funds to ensure sustainable funding for HIV programmes. This is the 25th annual HIV Testing Day campaign. "We knew that along with the testing and other services that we have been providing to the community - in the community - and to the City of St. Petersburg and the surrounding municipalities, we are helping shift the trajectory of the local HIV epidemic", said Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief.
If you miss that opportunity on Tuesday, RAIN will offer their usual free, Wednesday evening testing at their offices from 5-7 p.m. RAIN's offices are located at 601 E. 5th St, Suite 470, in Uptown Charlotte.
She said for Ghana to achieve the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, reduce mother-to-child transmission and also reduce new infections, there was the need for traditional leaders to demonstrate more commitment towards the national HIV and AIDS response. This year's theme is "Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV".