Free HIV testing available Monday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) In observance of National HIV Testing Day, a number of Fort Wayne locations are offering free and confidential HIV testing on Monday.

State health officials are urging Hoosiers to learn their HIV status. In 2015, 543 Indiana residents were newly diagnosed with HIV, while 78 were diagnosed with AIDS. The State Department of Health said nearly a fourth of those newly diagnosed were women.

FILE: Rapid tests for HIV
FILE: Rapid tests for HIV

A total of 11,704 Indiana residents were living with HIV or AIDS at the end of 2015, according to ISDH. Testing and early participation in HIV care are critical parts of managing HIV infections and preventing the spread of disease.

Organizations are providing what are called rapid tests. It does not use needles and can give results in about 20 minutes.

“HIV is a preventable disease and one that can be managed long-term with medication,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “Every Hoosier would benefit from knowing their HIV status, but testing is especially important for people who engage in high-risk sexual behaviors and injection drug use. By getting tested, Hoosiers can protect their own health and that of those close to them.”

Use the following locator to find a location near you to get tested:

Locations also include:

Walgreens in partnership with the Fort Wayne- Allen County Department of Health

110 E. Creighton Ave.

Fort Wayne, IN

11 a.m. –  5:30 p.m.

Positive Resource Connection: Providing lunch and free testing (two locations)

Villages of Hanna Apartments

2201 Reed Street

Ft. Wayne, IN

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

 

525 Oxford Street

Fort Wayne, IN

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

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