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Title: Why You Should ‘Take the Test, Take Control’

HIV Fight spelled out in Scrabble tilesStacey Dyce, MHS, HIV Prevention Specialist and Educator
Baltimore County Department of Health

If there is one thing that the HIV/AIDS has taught us, it’s that it doesn’t discriminate. So it’s important to know your HIV status.  And, there’s no better time than now! In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Baltimore County Department of Health will be offering free, HIV testing at seven sites on Saturday June 14. National HIV Testing Day is a nationwide effort to encourage people of all ages to get tested.

All HIV tests are quick and provide results within 15 to 20 minutes. Unlike those in the past, current HIV tests require only a swab of the mouth or a prick of the finger.  Knowing your HIV status empowers you to take control of your life and your treatment to maintain optimum health.

More than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, with about 1 in 5 unaware that they are infected; therefore, it’s important that everyone - regardless of age - who is sexually active, get tested. Contrary to popular belief, HIV and sexually transmitted infection tests are not routinely included in an annual physical or gynecological exam. So the first step in taking control of your health is getting tested and learning your status.

So, please, make plans to join us on June 14 by walking in to one of our seven sites. If you are not able to get tested on June 14 why not schedule a time and date that works for you? For more information, visit: or call 410-887-2437.


Revised April 6, 2016