Health and Family Services Cabinet
National HIV Testing Day is June 27
DPH Reaches Out to Health Care Providers to Promote Screenings
In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is promoting routine voluntary HIV testing for people 13-64 years old.
The campaign comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative to incorporate routine testing nationwide. In Kentucky, the campaign for increased HIV testing runs during the June.
“The HIV/AIDS branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health works with and encourages all testing agencies and health care facilities to discuss the topic of HIV testing with all their patients and provide testing when appropriate,” said Sigga Jagne, manager of the DPH HIV/AIDS branch.
To help promote the importance of HIV testing, a series of testing sites have been set up across the state.
· Free testing at the Bluegrass Farm Workers Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in June (by appointment only). For more information, contact Bluegrass Farm Workers Clinic at (859) 259-0717.
· Testing on a walk-in basis on June 26 (Grant County), or June 27 (Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties), at the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s county health centers
· Testing on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 27, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 28, at the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s office in Fort Mitchell
· Testing from 4 to 8 p.m. at Randolph-Jackson Hall in Covington
For information on these and other testing opportunities in Northern Kentucky, contact the Northern Kentucky Health Department at (859) 578-7660.
· Free testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 27 at “In Bloom” and the WC Young Center
· Free testing from 3 to 7 p.m. on June 27 at Heartland Cares Clinic
For information about these testing events and other testing opportunities, contact Heartland Cares Clinic at (270) 444-8183.
· On June 27, free testing will be provided from 12 to 6 p.m. at La Plaza Hispanic Center and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the H.L. Neblett African-American Community Center. For information about this or other testing opportunities, contact the Owensboro AIDS Task Force at (270) 683-6018.
· Free testing at Seventh Street Baptist Church on June 27
· Free testing at Matthew 25, Inc. on June 27. For information about these and other testing opportunities, contact Matthew 25 at (270) 826-0200.
For testing opportunities in Louisville, contact the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness at (502) 574-5600 or Volunteers of America at (502) 574-5373. For testing opportunities in Bowling Green, contact the Barren River District Health Department at (270) 781-8039.
In September 2006, the CDC reported that one out of every four HIV positive individuals is unaware of his or her positive status. This group is responsible for about 54 percent of all new HIV infections. CDC also presented research indicating that when individuals become aware of their HIV positive status, they substantially reduce their involvement in high-risk sexual behavior.
In local health departments and participating community based organizations, risk reduction counseling is provided to people who test negative for HIV to help them maintain their negative status. Those who test positive for HIV are counseled about the disease and linked to treatment, care and supportive services.
When testing is not feasible in private health care settings due to cost, lack of test coverage by insurance companies, or other reasons, patients can be referred to local health departments or other local testing agencies where a test can be provided for free or at minimal cost.
For more information about the National HIV Testing Day/Month Campaign, please contact the HIV/AIDS branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health at (502) 564-6539.