Baltimore County News
1.2 Million People in U.S. are HIV Infected – 14 Percent of Them Don't Know It
In observance of National HIV Testing Day, this Saturday, June 27, the Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free HIV testing at seven sites. Make HIV testing a part of your primary care routine by joining us at one of the sites on Saturday, June 27 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and bring a loved one with you.
Did you know that more than 1.2 million people in our country have HIV/AIDS? Fourteen percent of these men and women don’t even know they are infected. HIV does not discriminate and contrary to popular belief, HIV and sexually-transmitted-infection tests are not routinely included in an annual physical or gynecological exam. As a result, it’s critical to take control of your health, get tested and know your status.
Easy and Painless Testing
Taking an HIV test is easy and painless! Rapid HIV testing will be provided at the testing sites. This means samples can be collected by a mouth swab or a prick of the finger and the results are available in about 20 minutes. Knowing your HIV status empowers you to manage your health, while protecting yourself and others.
Not available on June 27? No problem. You can schedule a time and date that works for you. Contact the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-2437. For more information on HIV visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.
Stacey Dyce, MHS, HIV Prevention Specialist and Educator
Derrick Moten, HIV Educator
Baltimore County Department of Health