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City offers free HIV testing June 27

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will offer free HIV testing Wednesday, June 27 at two locations in support of National HIV Testing Day.

Testing for HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and Hepatitis C will be provided at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Informational booths will be set up in the atrium. The HIV Prevention and Planning Council will provide additional HIV/STD education information.

HIV and syphilis testing will also be available at the Healthy Harvest Market at 23rd and Charlotte streets in collaboration with Truman Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"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."

To be eligible for the Hepatitis C testing at the Health Department, individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria: injection or intranasal drug use, blood or organ recipient before 1992, men who have sex with men, liver disease, HIV positive or have had a tattoo or piercing from an unlicensed facility.

HIV information also can be found on the Health Department's Web page at Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:, and


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