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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2009

Health Department to have special HIV/STD clinic June 26

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will offer free, confidential HIV testing June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27. The testing will be provided in the Health Department Atrium, 2400 Troost Ave., on a walk-in basis. Free testing for gonorrhea, Chlamydia and syphilis will also be available at this clinic.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care,” said Samantha Hughes, the Health Department's HIV Prevention and Planning Council Support manager. “People should get tested regularly, at least once a year, if they are sexually active and have had more than one partner since they were last tested, or if they are considered high risk for infection.”

Those at high risk for HIV infection include gay and bisexual men, injection drug users and people with multiple sexual partners.

Free testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is regularly available at the Health Department Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the STD clinic. The clinic does close briefly for lunch. Appointments are preferred and will shorten your wait time, but walk-ins are allowed. To schedule an appointment, call (816) 513-6379.

For more information on the special clinic, call the Health Department at (816) 513-6132.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

    
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