FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2008
Health Department to have special HIV and STD clinic Friday
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will offer free, confidential HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 27 in support of National HIV Testing Day. Free testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis also will be available at this clinic.
The testing will be provided at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on a walk-in basis. Informational booths will be set up in the atrium.
"People should be tested regularly for HIV if they are sexually active," said Ron Griffin, manager of the Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division. "Knowing your status is the key in preventing the spread of this disease."
Kansas City, Mo., had 65 new cases of HIV reported in the first five months of 2008. Of these new cases, 82 percent are males, 64 percent are males over the age of 30 and 49 percent are black males.
"Our goal is for people to get tested. If they test positive for HIV, then we want to help them get treatment," said Samantha Hughes, the Health Department's HIV Prevention and Planning Council Support and Prevention manager.
City Councilman Terry Riley, 5th District, is sponsoring a resolution recognizing National HIV Testing Day at 3 p.m. on June 26 in the Council Chambers on the 26th floor of City Hall.
Free testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is regularly available at the Health Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the STD clinic. 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 about the special clinic, call the Health Department, (816) 513-6132.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).