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Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing
Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  More than one million Americans are living with HIV, and many may not even know it.

In honor of World AIDS Day, the Kent County Health Department is offering free AIDS testing at four of its facilities, no appointment needed.  The finger poke test takes about 20 minutes for results, which are confidential.  Those who get tested will receive a gift card (while supplies last) and additional information about HIV.

Testing times and locations:

  • December 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Health Department, 700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
  • December 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids
  • December 6, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wyoming Clinic, 852 47th Street SW, Wyoming
  • December 6, 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Kentwood Clinic, 1620 44th St SE, Kentwood

HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the body’s immune system, making it difficult to fight off colds and other infections. There are medications available today that can strengthen the immune system. Left untreated, HIV can develop into Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome – AIDS – which can be deadly.

AIDS testing is also available through the Kent County Health Department by appointment; those interested should call (616) 632-7171.