Baltimore County Now
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
Dates and Locations
Keep your pet and your family safe this summer by taking advantage of Baltimore County Department of Health's low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The last of the annual off-site clinics take place May 30 and June 3.
Saturday, May 30
10 a.m. to noon
Fields at Renaissance Park
99 Stemmers Run Road
Essex, Maryland 21221
Wednesday, June 3
6 to 8 p.m.
3326 North Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
Vaccinations are $8 and available to cats, dogs and ferrets owned by county residents. The clinics will be held rain or shine. Animals receiving rabies shots must be at least 12 weeks old. All animals must be on leashes or in carriers. Due to time constraints, safety and escape risk, uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated during the clinics. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. All cats must be contained in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier. Exact change is appreciated, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.
Vaccinations protect domestic animals and humans from rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease. Baltimore County law requires pets to be licensed and for rabies vaccinations to be kept up-to-date.
Other precautions against rabies include obeying leash laws and avoiding contact with wild animals, or unknown domestic animals. If your pet has had contact with a wild animal, notify your veterinarian. Additionally, if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention.
Bite and scratch exposures from any animal to a human or pet exposure to wildlife are also reportable to the local Health Department, Police Department or Animal Control authority.For more information on preventing and protecting your pet from rabies, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-PAWS (7297) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening Tests Recommended for Potential Contacts
The Baltimore County Department of Health, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Baltimore County Public School system is expanding its tuberculosis (TB) investigation within the Catonsville High School community and recommending that an additional 11 people receive a TB screening test from their healthcare provider or at a Department of Health clinic.
While it is very difficult to contract TB through typical school interactions, the Baltimore County Department of Health has mailed letters to this small group of potential contacts strongly recommending that they receive a screening test.
TB is a disease caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. Although this disease is spread from person to person through the air, a person needs to be in close contact for an extended amount of time to become infected. TB in the lungs can cause symptoms such as:
- A bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
- Weakness or tiredness, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats
For more information about this ongoing contact investigation:
Members of the Catonsville High School community, call the Department of Health at 410-887-2711.
For more information on tuberculosis (TB) see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's TB fact sheet.