FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
KDHE Contact: Miranda Steele, 785-296-5795
National HIV Testing Day June 27
Events Planned in Metro Areas
TOPEKA, Kan. – The theme for this year’s National HIV Testing Day, June 27, is “Take the Test, Take Control.” Communities observe this day in an effort to raise awareness that HIV and AIDS affect people from all demographics, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and one in five don’t know they are infected.
In 2010, there were a total of 2,750 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS. “The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested as soon as possible,” said Brenda Walker, Director, KDHE’s Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “We encourage Kansans to take advantage of the testing sites offered year-round, as well as those promoted on National HIV Testing Day.”
To find HIV counseling and testing sites near you visit http://www.hivtest.org. Organizations throughout Kansas will offer HIV testing events in observance of National HIV Testing Day. Some of these events include:
Kansas City Metropolitan Area
- Healthy Living Project will provide free rapid HIV testing Thursday June 27 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Healthy Living Project is located at 8650 W 95th Street, Ste. 3, Overland Park, KS. For more information call 913-708-1414 or visit www.healthylivingprojects.org.
- Good Samaritan Project in collaboration with the Kansas City, MO, Health Department and Walgreens Pharmacy will provide free HIV Testing June 27-28 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and June 29 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at various Walgreens throughout Kansas City. Please visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens for a complete listing of participating Walgreens locations.
- Positive Connections will host a community health fair and provide free rapid HIV testing in collaboration with other partners at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library June 27 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The library is located at 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS. For more information contact Beth Hamilton at 785-232-3100.
- KU School of Medicine will provide free HIV testing and provide prevention packets to those tested June 27 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 1010 North Kansas, Ste 3034 C. No appointment is necessary. For more information contact Mike Madecky at 316-293-3405.
- For students, faculty and staff of Wichita State University, the KU School of Medicine will provide free HIV testing June 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Health Clinic, in Alhberg Hall on the WSU campus.
- Sedgwick County Health Department will provide free HIV testing June 26 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 2716 W Central, Wichita, KS. For more information contact Mai Nguyen at 316-660-7300.
For more information about awareness events in Kansas, please contact Stephanie Green, Testing and Technical Assistance Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, or Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Program Manager, email@example.com. Visit http://aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day for more info on National HIV Testing Day.