Human Services to Hold Free HIV Testing Event on June 27
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will offer free HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at the DHS Administration Building, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. First observed on June 27, 1995, National HIV Testing has since been recognized as a day to encourage individuals to get tested. DHS has participated in National HIV Testing Day since 1999 to further that cause. This year's theme is "HIV Testing is Self-care."
"This fast, free, painless, and confidential test helps individuals take control of their own health and make informed decisions about how to move forward," said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. "If someone receives a positive result, Human Services can immediately link that individual with appropriate treatment and community support resources."
Testing will be available to individuals of all ages. Those interested are encouraged to make an appointment by calling Robert Hewitt at 757-385-0811, however, walk-ins will be accepted. The free rapid tests will be administered in a private screening area and the results will be known in about one minute. Funding for this event is provided by SAPT Block Grant and the Early Intervention Services Grant through the Virginia Department of Health.
Since 1981, more than 700,000 people in the United States have died from HIV-related illnesses. Advances in medical science and our understanding of HIV have improved the long-term outcomes of those who have the virus. However, early detection and treatment are key to preventing serious illness/or death and reducing the transmission of the virus.
Free HIV testing is provided at any time outside of National HIV Testing Day through DHS Wellness and Prevention Services. Screenings are available by appointment between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 258 N. Witchduck Road, Suite 2D. To schedule an appointment, contact Robert Hewitt at 757-385-0811.
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