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Knox Co. Health Dept. offering free HIV testing

In addition to the June 25 event, KCHD offers confidential HIV testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main location, 140 Dameron Ave.
HIV Testing Day
HIV Testing Day
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:14 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Health Department announced it will partner with Samaritan Ministry to offer free, confidential HIV testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

The free testing will take place at the health department’s main location on 140 Dameron Avenue on Friday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“The CDC estimates approximately 1.2 million people or about 1 in 7 of those infected with HIV do not realize they have the disease, which means they may unknowingly jeopardize their health and the health of their loved ones,” said KCHD Senior Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “Knowing your HIV status is a critical first step in getting life-saving treatment and learning how to protect those closest to you.”

The tests will be conducted with a finger prick and results will be provided in 20 minutes. The health department will have counseling and referrals available for those who get tested.

“The only way to fail this test is not to take it. HIV testing, which is free and confidential, is the only way to know your status and just one more way to be pro-active about your health,” said Samaritan Ministry Founder and Director Wayne Smith. “We are excited to partner with KCHD to make this happen.”

In addition to the June 25 event, KCHD offers confidential HIV testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main location, 140 Dameron Ave.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone ages 13 to 64 to get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime. CDC officials said, while there is no cure for HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps those infected live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV to others.

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