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Free HIV Testing at PPWNM on Monday, June 27

Published: 06.02.11| Updated: 06.02.11

MICHIGAN – Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) will host a Free HIV Testing Day (by appointment) at all eight of its health centers on Monday, June 27, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million Americans are living with HIV, and 20 percent of them don’t know they have it. Testing and treatment can save lives and reduce the spread of HIV. 

“A person living with HIV may not show any symptoms for many years. It’s possible for that person to unknowingly pass the virus that causes AIDS to their partner,” said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White. “So this free testing offer for National HIV Testing Day is a great opportunity for people to take the test, and take control, by knowing their status for sure.” 

Early diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected with HIV can fully benefit from the life-saving treatments available. 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. “Early detection is key to improving quality of life and reducing the risk of spreading infection to others,” said White. 

PPWNM features the rapid HIV test by Alere®. The test involves a simple finger poke, with results available in just 20 minutes. To promote the importance and ease of getting tested, PPWNM is offering complimentary HIV testing to one representative from each media outlet, prior to June 27. Please call Julie McKeiver at 616.774.7005 x.3115 to set up an appointment. In order to stress the confidentiality of the testing process, we ask that you agree to keep the result of your test private. 

Who: Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM)
What: Free HIV Testing Day (by appointment)
When: Monday, June 27, 2011
Where: Any of eight PPWNM Health Centers – call 800.230.PLAN (7526) to make an appointment during regular business hours
Why: In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2011

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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.

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