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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 30, 2010
Health Department to hold special HIV testing clinic Dec. 1
The City of Kansas City, Mo. will commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with a walk-in, confidential, free 20-minute HIV testing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in a screened area of the City Health Department's atrium, 2400 Troost Ave.
“World AIDS Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness that early detection of HIV is critical to maintaining good health,” said Councilman Terry Riley, 5th District, co-chair of the Kansas City Health Commission’s Minority Health and Health Equity Committee. “If you are at risk, getting tested is the only way to know your status.”
Free testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is regularly available at the Health Department by appointment and through the new walk-in testing clinic on Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 816-513-6379.
"If you have had sex with more than one person since you were last tested or are in a new relationship, you really need to get tested again," 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."
For more information about the special clinic, call the Health Department, 816-513-6008.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept and www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept.