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June 2013

National HIV Testing Day

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As part of National HIV Testing Day, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will be hosting several events during the week of June 24-30, 2013. CDU, working in collaboration with Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, will offer free HIV rapid testing at several locations around the South Los Angeles area.  With an oral swab or finger stick, individuals can know their HIV status, and if HIV positive, they can be immediately referred to local HIV/AIDS treatment clinics.  Gift cards will be given to those who stop by to take an HIV rapid test.

According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV infection and 1 of every 5 of these Americans do not know that they are HIV infected.  By race, African Americans are more severely affected by HIV.  In Los Angeles County, with 10 million residents, the local health department estimates that there are 62,800 people living with HIV/AIDS and of these, 13,500 are HIV positive and do not know their status.

The National Association of People Living with AIDS initiated the first National HIV Testing Day in 1995 in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local HIV/AIDS service providers across the country.  Now in its 18th year, CDU and other HIV/AIDS service providers throughout Los Angeles County will be honoring the day by offering free HIV rapid testing.

Remaining HIV Testing locations and times:

June 30, 2013
8 AM - 3 PM
Crenshaw Christian Center
7901 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

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