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Contra Costa Urges Awareness for National HIV Testing Day


Tuesday, June 21, 2011



Archived. This is an older press release from 2011 and may not contain the latest information. Please view our current press releases for 2014 items.



What:

Local health officials say finding a rapid HIV testing site this National HIV Testing Day (June 27) is as easy as sending a text message, thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Text your five-digit ZIP code to "KNOWIT" (566948) and you should receive a text message with an HIV testing site near you. At some locations, rapid testing is available with results in 20 minutes. People can also call 1-800-287-0200 to find a location in Contra Costa.

Who:

Everyone is urged to be tested and know their status. Free, confidential testing is available through Contra Costa Public Health for those who are uninsured or underinsured or part of a high-risk group, such as men who have sex with men, intravenous drug users, sex workers and people whose partners are HIV positive.

When:

Third Monday of the month
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Home Depot
11939 San Pablo Avenue
Richmond

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road
Concord

Every Wednesday
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Near Amtrak Station
1st Street at "I" Street
Antioch

Every Friday
1 - 3:30 p.m.
Neighborhood House of North Richmond
820 23rd Street
Richmond

First Friday of the month
6 - 8 p.m.
Rainbow Community Center
3024 Willow Pass Road (Rear entrance)
Concord

Why:

HIV is a preventable disease that continues to threaten public health. Testing is a critical first step in preventing the spread of the virus. People who are tested for HIV and learn that they are infected can make significant behavior changes to improve their health and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

To find out more about HIV and AIDS in Contra Costa, visit www.cchealth.org/services/hiv_aids/

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