HIV Testing Sites and Related Events in the Area – Download the lists!

Today, getting an HIV test is easier and quicker than ever. As part of an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to inform us of the latest HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment news, a nonprofit group called the AIDS Institute sets awareness days that target specific sectors of our society for education and outreach. In September, we mark two awareness days: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on Sept. 18 and National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Sept. 27.
Getting tested regularly for HIV infection is part of the CDC’s “HIV Screening. Standard Care” campaign. The agency recommends routine HIV screening of everyone from 13 to 64 years of age in the United States. Of the people in this country living with HIV, about 20 percent are unaware of their HIV status.
Today, we may choose to be tested by our personal physicians, at a clinic or at home. Be mindful that counseling comes along with HIV testing. Even the new in-home tests advise having a counseling option ready before you begin.
If you can, it’s best to make an appointment for your test. Some clinics allow for drop-ins, but many do not. Once you decide where to go, confide in someone close to you as to your plans. If possible, have this person accompany you to your test.
By educating people early about how to protect themselves – and helping people learn their status earlier – we can reduce the number of HIV-related illnesses and deaths due to AIDS, and more quickly connect those who are infected to counseling, medical care and healthier futures. For detailed information on HIV risk factors, prevention, testing and treatment, go to cdc.gov/hiv.
To download a table of FREE HIV TESTING SITES within a 65-mile radius of central Kansas City, click HERE.
For a list of September HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and testing EVENTS in the Kansas City area, click HERE.
To search for testing sites by zip code, go to hivtest.cdc.gov.

Bradley Osborn

Brad has been writing for Camp since 2004. His beat is mostly local features and general LGBT news. Common topics have included youth, faith and community. Although he holds an M.A. in journalism, he primarily considers himself to be a chemist, having studied and worked in biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quality assurance and the production of educational science texts. He's laconic, unintentionally enigmatic and often facetious. He enjoys irony, as well as things – but not animals, apparently – that are simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian. He and his cat, Charlie Parker, reside in downtown Kansas City, Mo. If you have a story idea for Brad, send him a note at bosborn@campkc.com.

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