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World Aids Day: Free testing at DHD#4 Monday

Submitted by on December 2, 2019 – 12:32 amNo Comment

Sunday marked the 31st anniversary of World AIDS Day.

The annual dedication is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, District Health Department #4 is offering free walk-in HIV rapid tests at its Alpena office Monday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The test can also be conducted at DHD#4 offices in Atlanta, Cheboygan, and Rogers City by appointment.

Although medicines have transformed HIV from a nearly always fatal infection into a manageable chronic condition, HIV remains a global health threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018, approximately 37.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV, an estimated 770,000 people died from HIV -related illnesses, and about 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, as 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV do not know they have it.

Testing at District Health Department #4 is confidential and conducted in a non-judgmental, safe environment.