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  • County, City Leaders Step Up To Combat HIV Infection; Urge Tucsonans to Get Routine Testing For HIV

    Jun 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    JOIN THE MOVEMENT- because everyone has an HIV Status

    (TUCSON)— Southern Arizona health providers, as well as two Walgreens locations, will be participating in the 21st Annual National HIV Testing Day, a nationwide campaign urging the public to get tested for HIV.
    To demonstrate the ease and importance of HIV testing, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías and City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will b
    e HIV tested on Thursday, June 25th, at 9 a.m. at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, 375 South Euclid Ave. The testing will be open to the press.
    HIV testing is free and confidential.  The simple procedure is an HIV rapid test that produces results in 15 minutes. Partners in this community-wide call for HIV testing include the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundations, Walgreens, COPE Community Services, the Pima County Health Department, & CODAC’s Living Out Loud clinic.

    Free and confidential testing will be available to the public at six locations throughout three days, beginning Thursday, June 25th. Please visit SAAF.org for more information on testing hours and locations.

    “HIV affects people from all walks of life, no matter your age, race, or sexual orientation” said Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías. “The best thing we can do for our health, and for our loved ones, is to know our HIV status, and make HIV testing a routine healthcare priority."

    The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States. The CDC recommends that all Americans, ages 13–64, be routinely tested for HIV as part of their regular health care practice.  In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it. The only sure way to know if you are HIV-infected is to be tested.

    CONTACT: Andrés Cano, 520-240-1691