New Clinic Opens In St. Petersburg Ahead Of National HIV Testing Day

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"We publicize it as much as we can, so we definitely have an increase of testing that day". We have Starbucks coming out, bringing coffee for our morning testers. This restriction has been set up to protect the confidentiality of the individual and to offer post-test counselling.

"Knowing your HIV status is empowering and keeps you healthier", says Heather Vaquera, prevention specialist at the Washtenaw County Health Department. While HIV is treatable, it is most contagious in its early stages when someone may not know they have the virus. Health officials recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once.

Greater Than Aids, a national advocacy organization, partnered with Walgreen's Pharmacy to provide free saliva swap and finger-prick tests in three Arizona drugstores. They plan to expand access to rapid HIV testing, referral, and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention resources. However, the location also has an Out of the Closet store, offers free HIV testing and has an AHF Pharmacy in the OTC. Similar treatment has been publicly funded for years for those exposed to HIV through, for example, a sexual assault or in the workplace.

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This Wednesday is National HIV Testing Day and North Central Health District wants to spread the word about the importance of getting tested. As of August 31, 2017, Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Celebrating this milestone together, the B.C. government and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) will continue working to reduce the number of new HIV infections in B.C., by providing expanded coverage of PrEP and PEP throughout the province, according to a press release.

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