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In association with National HIV Testing Day, two local nonprofits will offer free HIV testing events, in the coming week.
On Friday June 25, 2010, Planned Parenthood of South Central New York will offer free confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The testing is offered at all Planned Parenthood locations in Binghamton (117 Hawley Street), Norwich (26 Conkey Avenue), Sidney (37 Pleasant Street), Oneonta (37 Dietz Street), and Walton (130 North Street). No appointments are necessary.
Additionally, Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) will offer free HIV testing on Monday June 28, 2010 at its Johnson City and Ithaca locations. The Johnson City location (122 Baldwin Street) will offer testing from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and the Ithaca location (501 South Meadow St) will offer testing from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Both events offer rapid HIV testing, which only takes 20 minutes and a finger prick.
Free HIV testing is always available at STAP during the following times and by appointment:
Johnson City: Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ithaca: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
County Health Departments offer free testing, as well, and Planned Parenthood offers free to discounted testing. A full listing of test locations can be found on STAP’s website. [Note: Click on the County names, toward the top of the page.]
The National HIV Testing Day is a nationwide effort to convince individuals to “take the test” and “take control” of their lives. HIV is an pandemic disease. Everyone can catch HIV and everyone should be tested for it, on a frequent basis.
These events often offer goodies, as a thank you for being tested, but the real benefit is knowing that you are healthy. Even the safest individuals can benefit from the peace of mind that this 20 minute test provides.
Have you ever been tested for HIV? Let us know in the comments section of this article.
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