Free testing in Ingham County for World AIDS Day
The CDC estimates that one in eight people living with HIV in the United States do not know that they have the disease.
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Wednesday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.
The Ingham County Health Department wants to make sure you know your HIV status. On Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the department will be hosting a free, confidential, and anonymous testing clinic at the Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S Cedar Street in Lansing.
No appointment, photo ID, or insurance is necessary to get tested. Just walk in and get the finger prick test. Results are given within 20 minutes. Participants will also have access to a personal consultation where they can go over their risk factors and ways to reduce the risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
“All individuals ages 13-64 are encouraged to get tested for HIV/AIDS at least once in their life as part of routine health care,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. “‘Knowing Your Status’ empowers you to make informed decisions, maintain a healthy life, and prevent HIV transmission.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 8 people living with HIV in the US do not know that they have the disease. the only way for someone to know their status and take the necessary steps to stop the spread of the HIV virus is through testing.
Data shows that in 2020, approximately 450 people were known to be living with HIV in Ingham County. As a result of getting tested, 80.4% of those individuals were linked to HIV treatment and care. With early diagnosis and treatment, people who are HIV positive can live long, healthy lives.
Participants will get a free Meijer gift card just for getting the test.
For more information, contact the HIV/STI prevention program at (517) 887-4424.
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