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Public Health and Wellness Offers Free HIV Testing

Friday June 15, 2012

Of the nearly 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV, almost one in five don't know they are infected. In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free anonymous HIV testing at the following dates and sites.

Friday, June 15
Kentuckiana Pride Festival The Belvedere, 5th & Main 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 16
Kentuckiana Pride Festival The Belvedere, 5th & Main 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21
Dosker Manor Health Fair 413 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd. 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21
Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 River Park Dr. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 23
WLOU Radio Summerfest Chickasaw Park 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 23
Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 River Park Dr. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27
New Zion Baptist Church 1501 South 34th St. 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27
Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 River Park Dr. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 27
ParkDuValle Health Center 3015 Wilson Ave. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30
City Church 1100 S. 26th St. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Testing will be done using the Oraquick oral swab method, which does not require a blood stick. Test results will be available within 20 minutes. No appointments are necessary.

National HIV testing day 2012 is June 27. It is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage people to “take the test and take control.”

“I encourage people to get tested and to know their HIV status,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director. “There are now medications that can lead to longer and healthier lives. Knowing your status also empowers you to take action to prevent spreading the disease to others.”