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World AIDS Day Events in Racine

racine-logoThe City of Racine Health Department is observing World AIDS Day by hosting two free HIV testing events. The purpose of HIV testing events is to create an awareness of the importance of regular HIV screening. Individuals should be tested for HIV on a regular basis so that treatment can be started, complications can be avoided and spreading of the disease can be stopped. Testing should be done even if no symptoms are present. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 8 people who have HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their diagnosis, which means they could be spreading the disease and not even know it.

Young people are a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to STDs and HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of the 20 million new STDs that occur every year are among people aged 15-24. Among people aged 13-24, an estimated 44% of those living with HIV were not aware of their infection.

HIV is spread from an infected person to another person through direct contact with some of the body’s fluids. At this time there is no known cure for HIV, however treatments are available to possibly make the virus undetectable in the patient’s blood. HIV infects 36.9 million people around the world, according to the United Nations AIDS agency, UNAIDS. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people have HIV, and about 50,000 people are newly infected each year.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
8am to 4pm
City of Racine Health Department
730 Washington Avenue, Room 4

Thursday, December 15, 2016
2pm to 4pm
LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin
1456 Junction Avenue, Racine

Important Information to Know:
Call 262-636-9431 for more information No appointment necessary
Testing is FREE No physical exams required
The first 10 people tested at each location will receive a gift