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HIV question mark image1.2 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


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: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested or call 410-887-2437.


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