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Free HIV testing for World AIDS Day

LANSING, Mich. – In conjunction with World AIDS Day, the Ingham County Health Department is hosting a community HIV testing event on Thursday, December 1, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.

Free HIV testing is available for all Ingham County residents.

“In the U.S., 1 out of every 8 people infected with HIV doesn’t know it,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “This is a problem because early diagnosis and treatment reduces the risk of transmission and helps those who are HIV positive live longer and healthier lives.”

In 2015, 22 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ingham County. The county has the second highest HIV prevalence rate among local health departments in Michigan. Approximately 500 people in Ingham County are living with HIV.

Everyone tested on World AIDS Day will receive a free gift card. They will also attend a personal consultation where they can discuss their risk factors and ways to reduce the risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. No appointment is needed for testing services. For additional information, contact the HIV/STI prevention program at (517) 887-4424.

World AIDS Day, first observed in 1988, pays tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS, raises awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS, and celebrates the medical advances that are allowing people with HIV to live longer and healthier lives. The 2016 theme, “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong,” is about recognizing that HIV is no longer a death sentence and working to reduce the stigma associated with HIV.