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Free HIV tests offered island-wide to mark HIV Testing Week

Health Care 24 Jun, 2024 Follow News

Free HIV tests offered island-wide to mark HIV Testing Week

The Public Health Department of the Health Services Authority announces HIV Testing Week, taking place from 24-29 June 2024. The initiative aims to encourage persons to take proactive steps in maintaining their health. This year’s theme, “Level Up Your Self Love: Check Your Status,” emphasises the importance of self-care and knowing your HIV status as a vital part of maintaining your health.

During this week, the Public Health Department will offer free HIV testing at various partner sites throughout the community. These events aim to increase awareness about HIV, reduce stigma, and encourage everyone to take proactive steps towards their health.

The HIV testing procedure involves a quick and simple blood test. No appointment is necessary during the specified times on the HIV schedule and wait times will be short.

The results will be available within three working days or less and given to the patient in person only at the clinic where they took the test. This is to protect the individual’s confidentiality and offer post-test counselling.

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Why Get Tested?

Know Your Status: Understanding your HIV status is a critical step in taking charge of your health. Early detection can lead to better health outcomes and reduce the spread of HIV.

Confidential and Free: Our testing services are completely confidential and free of charge, making it accessible for everyone.

Empowerment: By getting tested, you are empowering yourself and taking a significant step towards maintaining your health and well-being.

Community Support and Education: We encourage everyone to participate, whether through getting tested, spreading the word, or supporting loved ones in their journey to better health.

How You Can Help

Spread the Word: Share information about HIV Testing Week with friends, family, and social media.

Stay Informed: Learn more about HIV and how to prevent it.

For more information about HIV Testing Week, please visit www.hsa.ky or contact the Public Health Department Clinic on 244-2648.

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