As of Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO What’s your status?
Those could be three seemingly innocuous words but they can also be the three most important words uttered in a new relationship. The “status” in question is a person’s HIV status.
The Clayton County Board of Health has announced it will commemorate June 27 as National HIV Testing Day with four days of free HIV testing for residents over 13. The free tests will be available beginning June 24. People who are tested are expected to receive results in 20 minutes. They can receive information and support from health educators afterward.
National HIV Testing Day is intended to highlight the reasons why people should be tested for HIV and to encourage them to do so. This year’s theme is “Take the Test, Take Control.”
The day was established in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS but that group filed for bankruptcy and shut down operations in February. However, other health groups — such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Prevention Information Network — have taken up the cause for continuing the annual observances.
The CDC estimates there are nearly 1.2 million Americans who are HIV-positive with nearly one in five of those infected unaware that they have the virus.
Residents interested in undergoing one of the Board of Health’s free tests will be able to get one at its offices at 1117 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. The tests will be administered June 24 through 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and June 27 from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m.