Free HIV testing starts today at Town Hall

As part of the 18th National HIV Testing Day, the town’s Department of Health Office of Special Clinical Services will offer free HIV testing in the Venus Clinic on June 21, 26 and 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The clinic is located on the third floor of Town Hall and all testing will remain confidential. In addition, the clinic continues to offer HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

“More than one million Americans are living with HIV infection, and approximately one in five don’t know it,” Greenwich Director of Health Caroline Calderone Baisley said . “Testing for HIV and other STDs allows Americans to obtain a potentially life-extending piece of information, their HIV test result.”

Tom Mahoney, Director of the Office of Special Clinical Services added, “Whether a person tests positive or negative, it is an important step in protecting their health and the health of their loved ones and advances our nation’s fight against the spread of HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every sexually active person between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those at increased risk, such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users or persons with multiple sex partners, should be tested annually.

Early HIV testing reduces the spread of disease, extends life expectancy, and reduces costs of care. Every new HIV infection prevented saves almost $367,000 in lifetime medical costs.

For more information call the Greenwich Department of Health Office of Special Clinical Services at 203-987-1003 or 203-622-6460.

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