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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.

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Tom Scollins
Assistant Chief of Animal Services
Baltimore County Department of Health

Spring is here and so are the Baltimore County Department of Health’s rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The community-based, outdoor clinics are scheduled through June 14.

Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system. People usually get rabies from the bite, scratch or lick of an infected animal. The rabies virus is uncontrolled in the wild; however, the easiest way to protect your pet and your family is to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date. 

Baltimore County has made it even easier for you to protect your pet by offering nine low-cost rabies vaccination clinics across the County. The vaccine cost is only $8 per animal. When attending a clinic with your pet, please note the following:

·         Bring exact change, if possible, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.

·         Clinics are held rain or shine; however, the Baltimore County Department of Health reserves the right to cancel or limit the time frame of a clinic in the event of severe weather.

·         Only dogs, cats, and ferrets will be vaccinated at these clinics.

·         Animals must be at least 12-weeks old.

·         Uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated. Dogs and cats must be on a leash or in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier; muzzles are required for aggressive dogs.

·         If available, bring your animal’s last rabies vaccination certificate (copy or original) to the clinic. 

All vaccinations will be administered by licensed veterinarians who will be assisted by experienced caring technicians. Take advantage of this great, opportunity to protect your pet and family from a deadly, but very preventable disease. We look forward to serving you and your pet!

Rabies clinics are held weekly at the Animal Shelter. Call 410-887-PAWS (7297) to schedule an appointment. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $8.

Also, we have a very special deal for Memorial Day weekend - half-off animal adoptions May 21 to 25! Give a new cat or dog a home for just $25 and $32.50 respectively during this limited time.

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