Tomorrow June 27th is National HIV Testing Day.  Until today I never knew we had a national testing day.  However I was alerted via a press release from the SWLA Area Health Education Center, which also contained some startling facts.

In our area there are 1,051 people currently living with HIV or AIDS, and one in seven (1:7) have HIV and they don't know it!  Younger people are most likely to be unaware of their infections.

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Fortunately for all of us, medical advances have made surviving HIV and it's associated anomalies possible for many many years, but like with lot's of other health threats, early detection is key.  And getting a test for HIV is now easier and faster than ever and tomorrow it's also free.  It's confidential and just takes a small finger stick and you'll get your results in about twenty minutes.

If you or someone you love is at risk, or just want's to know - there are two locations to get the free tests tomorrow (Tuesday June 27th, 2017) at the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center at 196 Williamsburg Street in Lake Charles, and the SLAC Resource and Wellness Center at 808 Walters Street.  Both locations will take walk-in's from 9 AM until 4 PM.

Remember, early detection is the key for treatment and long life, and the test is FREE.

For more information contact - Barbara Miller SLAC - 337-439-5861 or email barbaram@slac.org