LANSING, Mich. – In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Ingham County Health Department is hosting a community testing event on June 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the health department located at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.
Free, anonymous testing is available for all Ingham County residents.
“It is critical to know your HIV status,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “An astounding 1 in 8 people with HIV do not know they are HIV positive. People who are HIV positive can live healthy, long lives, but only with diagnosis and treatment.”
Last year, 22 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ingham County. The county has the second highest HIV prevalence among local health department jurisdictions in Michigan. Approximately 580 people in Ingham County are living with HIV.
Everyone tested will receive a free gift card while supplies last. They will also attend a personal consult where they can discuss their risk factors and ways to reduce the risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Those wishing to be tested during the event should enter the health department through door number three and follow the red ribbon upstairs for testing. No appointment is needed. For additional information, contact the HIV/STI prevention program at (517) 887-4424.