Nat'l HIV Testing Day, June 27 Health district encourages people to learn their status
LAS VEGAS – National HIV Testing Day is Saturday, June 27. The annual event is an opportunity for everyone to learn his or her HIV status. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages all Southern Nevadans to get tested. More than 10,500 Clark County residents have been diagnosed with HIV and/or AIDS. The health district's Sexual Health Clinic located 400 Shadow Lane, Ste. 106, offers HIV testing and clinical services including case management and referrals. For additional information, contact the clinic at (702) 759-0702, visit www.SNHD.info/sexual-health-clinic.
National HIV Testing Day was launched in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS in response to increasing numbers of people with HIV in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities.
HIV testing will be available at three locations on Saturday, June 27:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Canyon Ridge Church
6200 W. Lone Mountain Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada
401 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Noon – 4 p.m., Nevada Partners
710 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89013
Testing is free and no appointments are needed. HIV test results from the special clinics will be available the same day. All testing is confidential.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. As many as 207,000 are not aware that are infected and could be passing the infection along to their partners. Early diagnosis is critical for people who are HIV positive so they can benefit from treatment. It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they have developed AIDS, which can occur 10 years after infection. New treatments developed in the mid-1990s have allowed HIV-positive people to live longer, healthier lives. The CDC recommends annual testing for individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behavior or use intravenous drugs. Pregnant women should be tested during the early months of their pregnancy to help eliminate transmission of HIV to their infants.
The health district's Sexual Health Clinic is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic offers STD services including testing, treatment, exams, referrals and counseling; the cost is $40. Additional fees may apply depending upon lab testing services to diagnose and treat certain sexually transmitted infections. Anyone who wishes to be tested and is not experiencing symptoms, can visit the Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada, Monday through Thursday, or Richard Steele Boxing each Tuesday for free HIV/syphilis testing.