Free HIV Testing for National HIV Testing Day: Take The Test, Take Control

June 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Free HIV Testing for National HIV Testing Day

Take the Test – Take Control
Piedmont Care will promote National HIV Testing Day with free HIV testing:  Monday, June 27, 2011 at Piedmont Care – 101 North Pine Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, from 8:30 a.m. until Noon and 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments encouraged. HIV testing is free and confidential. Photo ID required. Call 582-7773 to make an appointment or to get additional information.

According to Piedmont Care executive director, Tracey Jackson, “It has been 30 years since the CDC first reported HIV in the U.S.  Although there are treatments for HIV/AIDS, there is still no cure.  National HIV Testing Day helps us keep HIV/AIDS on the public policy agenda.  More than 600 people in South Carolina living with HIV/AIDS are on a waiting list for life-saving medications.  South Carolina is in the top ten in the nation for AIDS case rates.  We must take this epidemic seriously at the local level.” 

Piedmont Care is the nonprofit organization providing HIV and AIDS care, prevention and advocacy in our community.  The organization provides the HIV rapid test using the oral swab method.  This method is bloodless and takes about 20 minutes.  The entire visit to Piedmont Care will last about one hour.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign (June 27) produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.  More than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infection. Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.

To learn more about National HIV Testing Day or HIV/AIDS, please visit our Web site at www.piedmontcare.org or www.hivtest.org.