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Free HIV testing Tuesday

Free HIV testing Tuesday

In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the UNF LGBT Resource Center and the Department of Health Promotion is teaming up to offer students free HIV testing on June 27.

Twenty-three people were newly-diagnosed with HIV in Ingham County a year ago, and just over 500 Ingham County residents are living with HIV.

Vail says, when it comes to HIV cases in Michigan, Ingham County is at the top of the list.

"20 years ago the diagnosis of HIV often meant a death sentence".

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Medical advances and treatments have made it possible to have HIV and control the virus.

Those aware of their status can take steps to protect others and live longer, healthier lives with early treatment and care.

But despite the new technology, Yang says, a stigma still exists. A person can have HIV and not even know. And she says, more times than not, patients are visiting health clinics to get tested for that very reason. Anyone can come into the office, no appointment necessary and get tested for HIV.

The Jackson County Health Department is also offering free HIV tests from 8 to 4 at the Jackson County Health Department at 1715 Lansing Avenue.


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