Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and clinics in Wichita are offering the tests to all adults for free.
The Centers for Disease Control says that one in seven people who have HIV don't know it. There are an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., and in Kansas, there are over 3000 living with the disease.
All adults ages 13-64 are encouraged to get tested at least once, and those with higher risks should do so more often.
HIV can be transferred through sexual activity and when sharing needles for injection. It cannot be passed on in food or water, on toilet seats or by insects.
As part of National HIV Testing Day, free screenings in Wichita are being offered at the following locations:
- Hunter Health Clinic: Screenings will take place on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. It'll be held at the New Jerusalem Mission, located at 209 E Broadway Street, Newton, KS 67114. For more information contact Tabatha Miller or Paola Rajos at 316-262-2475 ext. 1112.
- Positive Directions: Walgreens and Positive Directions are teaming together to provide HIV testing at Walgreens in support of National HIV Testing Day. Testings will be available from June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walgreens is located 803 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS 67217. Positive Directions will be providing FREE rapid HIV testing. For more information contact Brett Hogan at 316-263-2214.
- Sedgwick County Division of Health: This clinic will provide FREE HIV testing Tuesday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sedgwick County Division of Health (SCDOH) Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic is located at 2716 W Central, Wichita, KS. For more information contact Mai Nguyen at 316-660-7300.
To find HIV counseling and testing sites near you visit www.hivtest.org.
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