Free HIV and Syphilis Testing Available June 27

Post Date:06/16/2016 1:48 PM

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – One in eight Americans who have HIV don't know it, according to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To help individuals with HIV get the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others, the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) will offer free HIV and syphilis testing on National HIV Testing Day, Monday, June 27.

“National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity for people to learn their HIV status and gain knowledge to take control of their lives,” said Jim Hilton, manager of GCHD STD/HIV Control Services.

According to 2014 statistics from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), there are 882 people documented with the virus in Galveston County. GCHD STD/HIV Control Services also serves Chambers and Brazoria counties, where there were collectively 528 documented cases in 2014.

“When someone is diagnosed, they have the opportunity to manage the virus with early intervention and treatment,” Hilton continued.

Testing will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mid-County Annex at 9850-B Emmett F. Expressway in Texas City and Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway in Galveston. Participants should register at the tents in front of each building on the day of the event.

Free sexual health items and counseling will be available for those who are tested. Testing is open to everyone, regardless of city of residency. The Gulf Coast Center and Access Care of Coastal Texas join GCHD in hosting the event.

WHAT: Free HIV and syphilis testing
WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2016
WHERE: - Mid-County Annex, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City
              - Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway in Galveston
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (at both locations)
INFO: (409) 765-2594

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