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World AIDS Day is Dec. 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for those living with HIV and commemorate people who have died from AIDS. The Ionia County Health Department offers free and confidential HIV screening year-round, by

appointment.

 

On  Friday Nov. 30 we will accept walk-ins for testing from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

HIV testing may also be available from personal healthcare providers.

World AIDS Day is an important reminder that HIV has not gone away—there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

 

Currently, more than 1.2 million Americans, including over 15,000 Michiganders, are living with HIV.

On average, HIV is spread to 50,000 people in the U.S. every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 90 percent of the new cases could be prevented by testing and diagnosis.

 

People with HIV who don’t know that they are infected may spread it to others and will not get the important treatment that can keep them healthy for many years.

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13–64 get tested for HIV at least once.

Women who are pregnant should be tested to protect their health and to prevent the spread of HIV to their baby.

 

Those with certain risk factors should be tested at least once a year; these risk factors

include:

*people with more than one sexual partner

*people who have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

*people who inject drugs

*men who have sex with men

 

For more on HIV/AIDS visit www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/fact-sheets.html.

For more on World AIDS Day visit https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/world-aids-day.

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