Nat’l HIV Testing Day, June 27
Health District encourages people to learn their status
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 24, 2013
LAS VEGAS – National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27. The annual event is an opportunity for everyone to learn his or her HIV status. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to get tested. More than 9,800 Clark County residents have been diagnosed with HIV and/or AIDS. The health district’s Sexual Health Clinic located 400 Shadow Lane, Ste. 106, offers HIV testing and clinical services including case management and referrals. For additional information, contact the clinic at (702) 759-0702, visit www.SNHD.info.
National HIV Testing Day was launched in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS in response to increasing numbers of people with HIV in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities.
Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV. HIV testing is the key to prevention as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in five people with HIV in the United States are not aware they are infected and could be passing the infection along to their partners. Early diagnosis is critical for people who are HIV positive so they can benefit from treatment. It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they have developed AIDS, which can occur 10 years after infection. New treatments developed in the mid-1990s have allowed HIV-positive people to live longer, healthier lives. The CDC recommends annual testing for individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behavior or use intravenous drugs. Pregnant women should be tested during the early months of their pregnancy to help eliminate transmission of HIV to their infants.
The Sexual Health Clinic is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic also offers STD services including testing, treatment, exams, referrals and counseling; the cost is $30. Additional fees may apply depending upon lab testing services to diagnose and treat certain sexually transmitted infections. Anyone who wishes to be tested and is not experiencing symptoms, can visit the Gay & Lesbian Center, Monday through Friday, or Richard Steele Boxing each Tuesday and Wednesday for free HIV/STD testing.
Additional free HIV testing is available during National HIV Testing Day:
Thursday, June 27:
Sexual Health Clinic
Southern Nevada Health District
400 S. Shadow Lane, Ste. 106
Free rapid HIV testing (results in 15-20 minutes)
10:30a-5p (closed 12:30-1:30p)
The Gay & Lesbian Center
401 S. Maryland Pkwy
Free HIV testing
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.