Local Services for National HIV Testing Day

HIV Spike in Humboldt County; Testing Is Important, Says Health and Human Services

HIV Spike in Humboldt County; Testing Is Important, Says Health and Human Services

About one in seven people in the United States who have HIV don't know they are HIV positive, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She said the Commission meant to strengthen partnership with chiefs and queen mothers to influence and promote behaviour change through HIV education on modes of transmission and also encourage them to support the Commission's anti-stigma reduction programmes in their communities. In June 2017, the programme once again excelled by exceeding the target of testing 1,000 people by 194.5 percent with 1945 people knowing their HIV status.

The CDC recommends that people who are between 13 and 64 years of age should be tested for HIV at least once.

Public health advocates and city leaders across Columbus are setting an example for the community by getting themselves tested for HIV and urging their neighbors to get themselves educated about the disease.

The Fort Wayne/Allen County Dept. of Health will be offering free rapid HIV testing from 11:30 a.m.to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Walgreens, 110 E. Creighton Ave.

In celebration of this, the province and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is continuing to expand the coverage to reduce the number of new HIV infections.

Since the start of the program, the drug has been available free of charge for eligible people, including men who have sex with men, transgender women and people in relationships with HIV-positive partners. "Your work is unending but it is worth it because you make a positive impact in the lives of others", she said.

Last year, more than 340,000 HIV tests were taken through registered test sites in Florida.

National HIV Testing Day was created in 1995 to encourage people to know their HIV status and to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early detection.

The Department of Health, as part of its campaign to eliminate HIV in Florida, will offer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication at no cost in all 67 county health departments by the end of 2018, according to a press release.

Officials say 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 LGBTQ2S+ community, off-reserve Indigenous communities and people who use drugs.

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