More than 1-million people in the United States are living with HIV and the CDC says 1 in 7 of those people don’t know they have it.
Local health officials are hoping to change that by taking part in National HIV Testing Day.
They’re letting people get tested for free, no questions asked.
HIV is spread through bodily fluids and attacks the white blood cells in our body’s immune systems.
If left untreated, it can be fatal.
According to local health officials, 21 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ingham County in 2017.
The county has the 4th highest HIV prevalence rate among Michigan counties.
Approx. 500 people in Ingham County are living with HIV.
In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Ingham County Health Department is hosting a community testing event on June 27 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.
Everyone tested will receive a free Meijer gift card (valued at $5-$10) while supplies last.
They will also attend a personal consult where they can discuss their risk factors and ways to reduce the risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
No appointment is needed.
Fore additional information, contact the HIV/STI prevention program at (517) 887-4424.
The Lansing Area Aids Network will also be providing free testing all week
- Wednesday, June 27: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Diversity Psychological Services Building 1310 Turner Street, Lansing
- Thursday, June 28: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Diversity Psychological Services Building
- Friday, June 29: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Fantasies 3208 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Lansing