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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY OBSERVES NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY AND PROMOTES “HIV TESTING IS SELF-CARE” THEME.

By FDOH-Escambia

June 24, 2022

Pensacola, Fla. –In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is participating in two community-based NHTD events. The events aim to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and knowing your HIV status. Testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV. This year’s theme is “HIV Testing Is Self-Care.” The two events are free and open to the public.

What:   National HIV Testing Day (Free HIV Rapid Testing).
When:  Monday, June 27, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: University of West Florida Commons (Bldg. 22): 11000 University Pkwy,
Pensacola, FL  32514. A presentation will be held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium in
the Commons (Bldg. 22). Testing will be held on second floor in rooms 259, 265,
To be tested, one must be 13 and above.
 
What:  National HIV Testing Day (Free HIV Rapid Testing).
When:  Monday, June 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Walgreens – 700 N. Pace Blvd. (corner of Pace and Cervantes), Pensacola,
FL  32505. Testing on FDOH-Escambia Mobile Unit. To be tested, one must be 13 and above. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.

According to the CDC, about 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV and about 15 percent of those individuals do not know they are infected. In Escambia County, there were 1,353 persons living with HIV or AIDS at the end of 2020. FDOH-Escambia’s focused outreach testing and education efforts aim to encourage everyone to get tested and know their HIV status.

For more information about HIV/AIDS resources, contact FDOH-Escambia HIV/AIDS Program at 860-595-6500 x 1500 or visit www.EscambiaHealth.com.

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