Free HIV testing to be offered Friday in Tucson - Tucson News Now

Free HIV testing to be offered Friday in Tucson

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(Source: SAAF) (Source: SAAF)

By Angeline Carbajal, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is offering free, confidential HIV testing to the public on Friday in honor of the 20th annual nationwide HIV Testing Day.

Testing will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 8 p.m. at the SAAF main office at 375 S. Euclid Ave., according to a SAAF news release. Patients will have results within 15 minutes. Walgreens, the Tucson Indian Center and Wingspan is also partnering with SAAF to spread the word about the nationwide call for HIV testing.

The following locations will also offer free HIV testing on Friday:

- Pima County Health Department

- Theresa Lee Clinic: 332 S. Freeway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- IBT's: 616 N. 4th Avenue from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- Tucson Indian Center: 97 E. Congress Street from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

- Wingspan- EON Youth Lounge: 430 E. 7th Street from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Walgreens: 4685 E. Grant Road from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Walgreens: 605 W. Ajo Way from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The National Association of People with AIDS started National Testing Day to reach out to millions of people at risk for HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated more than one million Americans live with HIV. The CDC suggests anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be routinely tested for HIV once a year.

More than 1,000 people are estimated to be unaware they are infected with HIV, according to the SAAF news release.

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For more information on HIV Testing Day visit www.saaf.org or call (520) 628-7223

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