Piedmont Care Offers Free HIV Testing for National HIV Testing Day, June 26

June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Piedmont Care will promote National HIV Testing Day with free HIV testing on June 26.

Piedmont Care is located at 101 N. Pine St., Suite 200. The test will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from 3 to 7 p.m.

Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

HIV testing is free and confidential. Call 582-7773 for an appointment.

“It has been 30 years since the CDC first reported HIV in the U.S.,” said Piedmont Care executive director, Tracey Jackson. “Although there are treatments for HIV/AIDS, there is still no cure.  HIV testing is the gateway to life-saving treatment and reduced risk of transmission.  HIV testing is faster and easier than ever before, yet half of all adults in the U.S. have never been tested.  South Carolina is in the top ten in the nation for AIDS case rates.  HIV/AIDS affects all our communities and must be taken seriously at the local level.”

Piedmont Care is the nonprofit organization providing HIV and AIDS care, prevention and advocacy in our community and is marking 20 years of service in 2014.  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 27th) 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. 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 or www.aids.gov.