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Local agencies participating in National HIV Testing Day

June 23, 2014

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging Kansans to get tested Friday on National HIV Testing Day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV. CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and one person in five doesn’t know he or she is infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if a person has HIV.

If someone has HIV, getting medical care and taking prescribed medication regularly helps a person live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. In 2012, there were nearly of 3,840 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS.

“The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested and be tested early in the infection,” said Brenda Walker, Director, KDHE, Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “Take the test and take charge of your health. Know your HIV status.”

To find HIV counseling and testing sites near you, visit hivtest.org. Organizations throughout Kansas will offer HIV testing events in observance of National HIV Testing Day.

In Overland Park, the Healthy Living Project will provide free rapid HIV testing from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday at 8650 W. 95th St., Suite 3. For more information call 913-708-1414 or visit healthylivingprojects.org.

In Topeka, Positive Connections, Shawnee County Health Agency and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are hosting a community health fair. Free rapid HIV testing will be available as well as health screenings and health information provided by additional community partners. The health fair will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. For more information, contact Beth McKay at 785-232-3100.

Other area organizations that offer HIV and other testing services: Douglas County AIDS Project, 346 Maine St., Suite 160 and Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St., both in Lawrence; Leavenworth County Health Department, 500 Eisenhower Road, Suite 101, Leavenworth; Johnson County Health Department, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 300, Olathe; Johnson County Health Department, 600 Lamar St., Suite 140, Mission; Healthy Living Project Incorporated, 8650 W. 95th St., Suite 3, Overland Park; and Wyandotte County Health Department, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

For more information about HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing in your area, go to hivtest.cdc.org.

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