Health Department Offers No-Cost HIV Testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27
(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) will provide no-cost HIV testing to support National HIV Testing Day tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27.
In addition to no-cost HIV testing, SCHD will also provide no-cost testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at SCHD’s Main Clinic on 2716 West Central, Wichita. Appointments are also available by calling 316-660-7300.
The theme for National HIV Testing Day is “Take the Test, Take the Next Step,” emphasizing that testing is the best way to keep people healthy, regardless of the result. People who receive a negative test result will benefit from discussing their risks and prevention options with a healthcare provider. People who receive a positive test result can rapidly start HIV treatment to stay healthy and reduce the likelihood of infecting others.
Of the 1.2 million people in the United States with HIV infection, about 1 in 8 don’t know they are infected. Young people are the most likely to be unaware.
For more information on HIV testing, visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/hiv-testing/getting-tested.html.