CareSouth, Southern University, BRCC to host free HIV testing day

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Katherine Tapp

FILE – In this June 27, 2012 file photo, a patient uses an oral test for HIV, inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington. Free mail-order HIV tests for high-risk men offer a potentially better strategy for curbing disease spread than usual care, according to a U.S. government study published Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in JAMA Internal Medicine, that resulted in many more infections detected – including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- CareSouth Medical and Dental along with Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College is hosting a free HIV testing day on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free testing will take place at:

Baton Rouge Clinic

3140 Florida St.

The first 50 people will receive a $25 gift card.

Community leaders who will be present at this event includes State Representative Larry Selders, State Representative C. Denise Marcelle, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Metro Councilmember Lamont Cole, Metro Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman, Michelle Dennis, BRCC Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Chi Joseph Franklin, president of Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Tramelle Howard, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member and more.

The event is part of National HIV Testing Day which is held annually on June 27 to encourage everyone to get tested and know their status to help stop HIV and AIDS.

“We’re excited to work with our community partners to continue to decrease HIV cases in our community,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere.

No appointment needed. The testing will include a confidential finger prick blood test and pre-counseling and post counseling. Results are available immediately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV and 14 percent don’t know they have it. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.

Louisiana has the fourth highest rate of new HIV infections in the country with more than 20,000 people living with the disease. African Americans, especially Black women, are most at risk, accounting for the majority of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases in the United States.

For more information, call (225) 650-2000.

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