Cobb community offers free HIV testing

The free testing is being offered in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27.

For more information, visit the state department website at www.in.gov/isdh or go to www.aids.gov/locator to find the closest HIV testing location near you. Testing also helps prevent the spread of the virus. Franzese will be participating with ETAF in hopes to raise awareness of HIV danger and to motivate people to get get tested on June 27th.

The Department of Health is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of knowing your HIV status.

Free brochures about HIV and AIDS were also available. But she says people who have engaged in high-risk behaviors should especially be tested. There are an estimated 300 people who are undiagnosed. National HIV Testing Day promotes HIV testing and early diagnosis.

Monday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will offer free rapid HIV testing services at select health centers in CT, including the Bridgeport Health Center, 211 State St. Supporters of National HIV Testing Day are encouraged to include #TestWithAHF and the official #NHTD hashtag on their social media posts honoring the commemoration.

People picked up educational materials while they got checked out. "And of the 45,000 new people diagnosed with HIV each year, the CDC estimates 30 percent are infected by people whose HIV is undiagnosed".


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