In conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Ingham County Health Department is hosting a community HIV testing event on Wednesday, February 7, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.
Free anonymous testing is available for all Ingham County residents regardless of race or ethnicity.
“In the U.S., 1 out of every 8 people infected with HIV does not know it,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “This is a problem because early diagnosis and treatment reduces the risk of transmission and helps those who are HIV positive live longer and healthier lives.”
Approximately 500 people in Ingham County are living with HIV. African-Americans have the highest HIV infection rate in the county.
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.
No appointment is needed. For additional information, contact the HIV/STI prevention program at (517) 887-4424.
February 7, 2018 marks the 18th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at African-Americans in the United States. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in Black communities.