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FLORIDA HEALTH CO-HOSTS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY EVENT ON JUNE 29

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Pensacola, Fla. – In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is co-hosting a free HIV testing event on Saturday, June 29 from 11-3 p.m. CDT at Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W DeSoto Street. This year’s local theme is “Be fearless, get a test, know your status, and protect your life.”

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease. While normally not fatal, persons with chronic liver or kidney disease or compromised immune systems are more likely to experience a severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.

The symptoms of hepatitis A can include: fever, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, and gray clay-colored stool. If you have symptoms of hepatitis A, you should visit your health care provider for evaluation. People that are exposed to hepatitis A may be given vaccine or immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.

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