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My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day
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My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends screening for HIV infection for everyone ages 13 to 64 years at least once in their lifetime. Those who are at increased risk should be screened once a year,” said Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Our dedicated staff provides important information about prevention of HIV and AIDS during screenings.”

Testing will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, December 1: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Health Department, 700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, December 3: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Kentwood Clinic, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood
  • Friday, December 5: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids

 KCHD Staff are also collaborating with The Red Project to do testing at Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday, December 2.   Those unable to visit the walk-in clinics can make an appointment for testing by calling (616) 632-7171.

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