COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky Health Department will provide free, anonymous, rapid, oral HIV testing as part of National HIV Testing Day. They report that out of more than one million people living with HIV or AIDS, nearly one-fifth are unaware.
Monday's national observance encourages people to get tested.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department reports nearly 600,000 Americans have died from AIDS since its identification 30 years ago.
"Many new cases of HIV can be prevented through regular testing for the disease," says Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. "A person walking around unaware that he has HIV is putting himself and others at risk, possibly delaying treatment for the disease and unknowingly infecting others."
The testing will use the OraQuick test, utilizing a mouth swab and no needles. Results are available within 20 minutes. Each tested individual will be educated on HIV/AIDS, their risk factors and prevention of transmission of HIV. Should someone test positive, the Northern Kentucky Health Department's HIV/AIDS Case Management Program will provide counseling and assistance with treatment.
Locations and times today are:
- Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY, 1-4 p.m.
- Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, KY, 1-4 p.m.
- Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, KY, 1-4 p.m.
- Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, KY, 1-3:30 p.m.
- Lane Chapel, C.M.E. church, 125 Lynn St., Covington, KY, 5-7 p.m.
National HIV Testing Day is coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AIDS.gov.
More information about National HIV Testing Day or HIV testing can be found by calling the Northern Kentucky Health Department at 859-341-4262 or visiting http://www.nkyhealth.org.