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HIV Test Day Expands to National HIV Testing Week

By Public Information

June 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 19, 2015

HIV TEST DAY EXPANDS TO NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK
June 21-June 27

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL - Local organizations are joining the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County by expanding HIV Test Day that traditionally occurred June 27, into a week of activities talking about HIV, testing for HIV and treating HIV.

“The interest in preventing and treating HIV generated by HIV Test Day has always been our chance to inform everyone about the importance of knowing your status,” said Rob Scott, HIV/AIDS Educator with Florida Health, Palm Beach County. “This year we are hoping even more people will get tested. A person knowing their status goes a long way in preventing the spread of this disease.”

In 2014 during the week that included HIV test day over 455 received the test and those infected were counseled for available care, treatment, and a course of action for the future. “We encourage everyone who is sexually active to be tested,” added Scott “HIV can infect anyone.”

Florida Health Palm Beach County Health Centers in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Lantana, and Belle Glade offer HIV testing and will include STD testing from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on June 27 for walk-ins. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-438-2778. In addition, the following organizations will be offering free testing during HIV Test Week or download a full list of scheduled events.

National HIV Testing Day 2015 Scheduled Events:

Sponsoring Agency: Walgreen’s, Greater Than AIDS, and Kaiser Family Foundation
Participating Agency: Community Health Center of West Palm Beach
Date/Time: 6/25 and 6/26, 3 pm – 7 pm;  6/27, 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Walgreen’s, 2501 Broadway, Riviera Beach 33404
Features: Rapid HIV Testing
For more info: Christopher Elliott, (561) 840-8681, www.freehealthcarewpb.org 

Sponsoring Agency: Walgreen’s, Greater Than AIDS, and Kaiser Family Foundation
Participating Agency: FoundCare, Inc.
Date/Time: 6/25 and 6/26, 3 pm – 7 pm;  6/27, 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Walgreen’s, 105 E. Ocean Avenue, Lantana 33462
Features: Rapid HIV Testing
For more info: (561) 472-2466, www.foundcare.org

Sponsoring Agency: Families First of Palm Beach County
Date/Time: 6/25/15, 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Bridges at West Palm Beach, 811 9th St., Unit A+B, West Palm Beach 33401
Features: Oral HIV Testing
For more info: Jeannette Tomici, (561) 721-2887, or (561) 318-4225, www.familiesfirstpbc.org 

Sponsoring Agency: Families First of Palm Beach County
Date/Time: 6/26/15, 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Bridges at Lake Park, 1411 10th St., West Palm Beach 33403
Features: Oral HIV Testing
For more info: Jeannette Tomici, (561) 721-2887, or (561) 318-4225, www.familiesfirstpbc.org 

Sponsoring Agency: FoundCare, Inc.
Date/Time: 6/27/15, 8 am – 12 pm
Location: 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach 33406
Features: Rapid HIV Testing – and Rummage Sale
For more info: (561) 472-2466, www.foundcare.org 

Sponsoring Agency: Compass, Inc.
Date/Time: 6/27/15, 8 pm – 12 midnight
Location: The Harriet Himmel Theater, 700 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach 33401
Features: Stonewall Ball, Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door; Rapid HIV Testing; Refer 3 friends for HIV testing to receive a Free Ticket!
For more info: (561) 533-9699, www.compassglcc.com