National HIV Testing Day to be recognized June 27

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer — and with a better quality of life — than ever before. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV.

“National HIV Testing Day is a time to take the test and take control. It is important to know your HIV status and it is important to prevent the spread of HIV,” remarked Stefany Strong of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.

If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

Free rapid HIV testing will be available with results in 15 minutes June 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive. No appointment is needed. It’s open to all ages 13 years and older.

Contact Betty Hollis at 386-274-0662 for more information or visit www.volusiahealth.com.

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