Media contact: Emily Gresham Wherle, Public Information Administrator, 859.344.5470 or Emily.Gresham-Wherle@nkyhealth.org.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Free, Oral HIV Tests Offered at four Northern Kentucky Locations
Approximately 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV each year, and one out of five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of their infection. That dangerous combination is one of many reasons that the Northern Kentucky Health Department coordinates testing events on and around National HIV Testing Day, held on June 27 each year.
“The increase in IV drug use in our communities has been the focus of much attention lately,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “The risky behaviors that IV drug users sometimes engage in, including sharing of needles and unsafe sex, increases their risk for HIV and other communicable diseases, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It’s important for anyone who has engaged in risky behaviors to be tested for HIV, either at one of our events or by another medical provider.”
Locations and times for the free testing events are listed below:
Thursday, June 27:
Friday, June 28:
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Heights Health Fair, 2400 Todd St., Covington, Ky.
Testing will be done using the OraQuick test, which utilizes a mouth swab—no needles are used. Results are available in about 20 minutes. Each individual tested will receive education on HIV/AIDS, discover what his/her risk factors are, and learn how to prevent transmission of HIV. Counseling and assistance with treatment will be made available through the Health Department’s HIV/AIDS Case Management Program, should an individual test positive.
National HIV Testing Day is coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AIDS.gov.
The Health Department administers about 400 oral HIV tests each year and offers four regularly scheduled opportunities for walk-in testing each month. For more information about National HIV Testing Day or HIV testing times/locations, please call the Health Department at 859.341.4264 or visit http://www.nkyhealth.org.
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