Free HIV Testing Days in Petoskey, Traverse City
PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) will host Free HIV Testing Days in Petoskey (June 25) and Traverse City (June 30) to encourage men and women to get tested for HIV. The free testing opportunity is in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, which falls on a Sunday this year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five of the more than one million Americans living with HIV doesn’t know they have it. Testing and treatment can save lives and reduce the spread of HIV.
“A person living with HIV can show no symptoms for many years. It’s possible for them to unknowingly pass the virus to their partner.” said Karen Griggs, PPWNM regional medical services manager. “So National HIV Testing Day is a great reminder to get yourself tested and know your status for sure. Thanks to this free offer, there are no excuses for putting it off.”
Planned Parenthood in Petoskey will hold free HIV testing by appointment on Friday, June 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at its offices located at 1003 Spring St. Call (231) 347-9692 to schedule a time slot.
Planned Parenthood in Traverse City will hold free HIV testing by appointment on Wednesday, June 30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at its offices located at 1135 E. Eighth St. Call (231) 929-1844 to schedule a time slot.
Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.
“We want testing to become normal, something we just naturally do without worry of stigma.” said Griggs. “Early detection is key to improving quality of life and reducing the risk of spreading infection to others.”
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides reproductive health care and sexuality education services with locations in eight Michigan cities. Learn more at www.ppwnm.org.