The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is encouraging those at risk to receive free voluntary HIV counseling and testing on National HIV Testing Day, Wednesday, June 27.
Individuals may visit Walgreens in the Lee/Harvard Shopping Center at 4071 Lee Rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for free, confidential and fast HIV test results on site, without the need to schedule an appointment. Download the event flyer here.
Counselors also will be on hand to answer questions about HIV prevention and treatment options including PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medication that offers another effective means of protection for those testing negative for HIV. Planned Parenthood will also be onsite.
The event also will include giveaways and health information. National HIV Testing Day is an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign promoted by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year’s theme is “Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV” and health departments and other organizations across the country have partnered to encourage people to get tested for HIV and gain access to care and treatment.
Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, including the CDPH, as well as AIDS service organizations and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities.
Data on HIV:
- The CDC estimates about 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV and 1 in 7 or 15 percent, did not know they were infected.
- In the City of Cleveland there are approximately 4,381 people living with HIV/AIDS.
- The CDC recommends that persons between 13 and 64 years of age should be tested for HIV at least once and individuals at high-risk for HIV infection should be screened annually.
HIV testing is available throughout the year at the following City of Cleveland Health Clinic sites: Thomas McCafferty at 4242 Lorain Avenue and J. Glen Smith at 11100 St. Clair Avenue.
Many community-based agencies also provide HIV testing. To find a testing location, visit www.hivtest.org or call 1-800-232-4636. HIV medical care is available throughout the Cleveland area, regardless of a person’s insurance status.
For more information about the Office of HIV/AIDS Services visit CDPH’s website at www.clevelandhealth.org.