In observance of National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27, the Baltimore County Department of Health is offering free, HIV tests at seven sites on Saturday, June 14. These clinics are in addition to testing, which the department already provides year-round and free of charge.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1.1 million Americans have HIV/AIDS and an estimated one fifth—or 200,000 are not aware they are infected.
“The purpose of National HIV Testing Day is to learn your status. It doesn’t matter who you are. No one is immune from HIV and I encourage everyone to take the test and take control,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Baltimore County Health and Human Services.
The Centers for Disease Control encourages those ages 13 to 64 to be tested for HIV. However, anyone, regardless of age, who is sexually active, is at risk.
The clinics are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014. Locations are:
Cockeysville Library (mobile unit), 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Essex Health Center, 201 Back River Neck Road, Baltimore, MD 21221
Hannah More Health Center, 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Lansdowne Health Center, 3902 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, MD 21227
Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
Northpoint Government Center, 7701 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21222
“Once you find out if you have HIV or not, you can either take steps to remain HIV negative, or begin getting medical care and taking medicines regularly. Not only can that help you live a longer, healthier life, it can also lower your chances of passing HIV on to others,” Branch said.
Individuals who are unable to get tested at a June 14 clinic can take advantage of the department’s regularly scheduled HIV tests. For more information on either the June 14 or ongoing HIV clinics, call 410-887-2437 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.
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