Take the test

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Thursday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Getting tested is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and those around you. Locally, Shanti of Southeast Alaska and Juneau Public Health are teaming up to offer free and confidential testing throughout the day. Testing will be done at GHS, AWARE, and St. Vincent de Paul's, then ending the day at Shanti's new office, 110 Seward Street, Suite 5, above McDonald's from 3:30-5 p.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help stop this disease in Juneau. Testing is offered daily at Juneau's Public Health Center. This free service can be scheduled by calling the health center at 465-3353. Free prevention counseling and literature are available at Shanti, 463-5665.

According to the CDC, between 800,000 and 900,000 people in the United States are currently living with HIV. An estimated 40,000 people per year in America become infected with HIV, a number that has remained relatively stable for much of the past decade. Most alarming, however, is that one out of three of those people do not know they are infected. AIDS is now the fifth-leading cause of death for people aged 25-44, and 80 percent of HIV infections worldwide have resulted from heterosexual contact. This disease must be stopped. Protect yourself and protect your loved ones by getting tested.

The National HIV Testing Day Campaign was initiated in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) to provide a focal point for promoting voluntary counseling and testing nationally. Thursday marks the eighth year of the campaign and another excellent opportunity for people in Juneau to take the test.

Eileen Wilson

Executive Director

Shanti of Southeast Alaska

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