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Free HIV Testing Being Offered Across Central Ohio for National HIV Testing Day

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Free HIV Testing Being Offered Across Central Ohio for National HIV Testing Day

Columbus Public Health Joins Local Health Organizations to Educate and Test for HIV

 

WHAT:              Free HIV testing will be offered at locations throughout central Ohio on June 27 in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. The event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of testing and knowing your HIV status to reduce new infections.

                       
  • Columbus Public Health is teaming up with Walgreens, AIDS Health Care Foundation, Equitas Health, National African American Male Wellness Initiative, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to educate and test for HIV.
 

WHEN:             June 27, 2018

 

WHERE:           Testing Locations and Times are:

 

Columbus Public Health Take Care Down There Clinic

240 Parsons Ave. (1-5 p.m.)

 

Walgreens

3583 E. Broad St. (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)

1280 Demorest Rd. (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) 

 

Equitas Health

4400 N. High St. (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

 

Out of the Closet

1230 N. High St. (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) 

 

African American Male Wellness Initiative “Let’s Talk” Event

740 E. Long St. (6-8 p.m.)


DETAILS:         The key to reducing new HIV infections is getting tested and knowing your HIV status. If a person is HIV positive, with proper medical care, they can live long and healthy lives. With an undetectable viral load, they cannot transmit the virus to another person. If a person is HIV negative, PrEP – a daily pill that is up to 99% effective at preventing HIV – and consistent condom use can greatly reduce the risk of new infections.

 

MORE INFO:     In Franklin County in 2016, there were 199 newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection. Approximately, 67% reported having male-to-male sexual contact, and African Americans were affected at a rate 4.5 times higher than whites.

 

In Franklin County as of 2016, there are 4,964 people living with HIV infection. Approximately, 75% reported having male-to-male sexual contact, and African Americans were affected at a rate 2.6 times greater than whites.

 

Free or low-cost HIV testing is available year round from Columbus Public Health. For testing hours or more information, visit www.publichealth.columbus.gov. For a list of all local agencies that provide HIV testing and services, visit www.AIDS.gov. To learn more about PrEP and local prescribers, visit www.columbus.gov/prep.


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