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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2011

City encourages residents to be tested for HIV

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will offer free HIV testing on Monday, June 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in support of National HIV Testing Day.

The testing will take place at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on a walk-in basis. Informational booths will be set up in the atrium. The HIV Prevention and Planning Council will provide additional HIV/STD education information.

In 2010, 25 percent of all new cases were reported as AIDS instead HIV, which means that they may have been infected for some time and their health had been severely compromised to meet the AIDS definition. The department is also watching a trend from the first part of 2011 of an increasing number of males between the ages of 13-24 being diagnosed with HIV.

"People should be tested regularly for HIV if they are sexually active," said Samantha Hughes, manager of HIV Prevention and Planning Council Support. "Knowing your status is the key in preventing the spread of this disease."

HIV information also can be found on the Health Department's webpage at www.kcmo.org/health. Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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