National HIV Testing Day is June 27
Kansas organizations to hold free HIV testing events
TOPEKA, Kan. – National HIV Testing Day on June 27 is the time to “Take the Test, Take Control”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV. CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking prescribed medication regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. In 2012, there were a total of 3,836 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS.
“The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested and be tested early in the infection,” said Brenda Walker, Director, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “Take the test and take charge of your health. Know your HIV Status.”
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:
- Healthy Living Project will provide free rapid HIV testing Friday June 27 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Healthy Living Project is located at 8650 W. 95th Street, Ste. 3, Overland Park, Kan. For more information call 913-708-1414 or visit www.healthylivingprojects.org.
- Positive Connections, Shawnee County Health Agency and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are hosting a community health fair. Free rapid HIV testing will be available as well as health screenings and health information provided by additional community partners. The community health fair is June 27 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library located at 1515 S.W.10th Avenue, Topeka, Kan. For more information contact Beth McKay at 785-232-3100.
- KU Midtown Clinic will provide free HIV testing and free Safer Sex packets to those tested June 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary and results are available within 20 minutes. KU Midtown Clinic is located at 1001 N. Minneapolis, Wichita, Kan. For more information please call 316-293-2652 or 316-293-1840.
- Positive Directions along with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are teaming together to provide free HIV testing at Walgreens in support of National HIV Testing Day. HIV testing will be available June 27 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and June 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Walgreens is located at 3333 E. Central Avenue, Wichita, Kan. For more information please call Renee Duxler at 316-263-2214 extension 108.
- Sedgwick County Health Department will provide free conventional HIV testing June 27 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sedgwick County Health Department is located at 2716 W. Central, Wichita, Kan. For more information contact Mai Nguyen at 316-660-7300.
For more information about awareness events in Kansas, please contact Stephanie Green, STI/HIV Prevention Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day for more information on National HIV Testing Day.