Free HIV Tests

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on National HIV Testing Day, Monday, June 27, 2011. Free HIV testing and counseling services will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street, S.W., in Glen Burnie. Appointments are not necessary, but individuals can call 410-222-6633 if they prefer to schedule an appointment. Names will not be required.

The Department HIV prevention program encourages HIV testing for anyone who has ever shared needles, syringes or drug paraphernalia; had a sexually transmitted infection or sex with someone who had an STI; or had unprotected sex with a person who had unprotected sex with others. All pregnant women should have HIV testing as part of their medical care.

In 2009, Maryland ranked fourth in the nation for estimated AIDS diagnosis rates. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one million people in the United States are living with HIV. One in five do not know they are infected. Medical treatments are available to help people living with HIV; but to receive treatment, individuals must first know if they have the virus.

For more information about year-round free HIV testing and HIV/AIDS services at the Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Parole health centers, visit the Department website, www.aahealth.org/hiv/aids, or call 410-222-7108.

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