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FREE HIV RAPID TESTING, WORLD AIDS DAY ON DECEMBER 1ST

By FDOH-Escambia

November 28, 2022

Pensacola, Fla. – In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is offering free HIV rapid testing at FDOH-Escambia’s Fairfield location. Open to the public, no appointment needed. Details are listed below:

What: Free HIV Rapid Testing After-Hours Clinic
Who: Open to the public, no appointment needed
When: Thursday, December 1, 2022, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.*
Where: FDOH-Escambia, 1295 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, FL
How: The rapid HIV test gives highly accurate results in as little as 15 minutes. All testing is confidential and conducted in a private clinic setting.
*Free HIV rapid testing is also available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at FDOH-Escambia, 1295 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, FL.

Since 1981, World AIDS Day has been celebrated annually on the first day of December. The commemoration has become one of the most recognized international health days. As such, there are key opportunities to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories. Victories of note include the increased access to treatment and prevention services, 4th generation testing, PrEP “Undetectable equals Untransmittable”, and the annual reduction of new cases of HIV in the U.S. over the past four years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About 13 percent are unaware of their HIV infection and need testing. In Escambia County, there are more than 1,300 people living with HIV.

CDC recommends all adolescents and adults (ages 13–64) should be tested for HIV at least once during their lifetime. Persons at increased risk for HIV should be tested annually.

For more information about HIV/AIDS resources, contact the HIV/AIDS Program PrEP Navigator at 850-595-6345 or visit EscambiaHealth.com.

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