City offering free testing on National HIV Testing Day on June 27
The city is offering free HIV testing on Wednesday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at city's Human Services Department, 3432 Virginia Beach Boulevard.
The test is free and confidential; the day of testing coincides with the National HIV Testing Day.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in seven people in the United States do not know they are HIV positive and testing is a critical part of stopping the virus' spread.
The CDC also says testing should be a part of routine health care. A panel of doctors and scientists recently recommended that all Americans between age 15 and 65 get tested, regardless of their risk of infection.
Testing may also help increase detection and decrease the stigma associated with the virus and being tested, according to the panel.
Testing during pregnancy is also important because antiviral therapy may improve the mother's health and greatly lower the chance that an infected pregnant woman will pass the virus to her infant before, during or after birth.
Testing requires a finger prick and takes about 15 minutes.
For more information, call (757) 385-0803.