Thursday, July 2, 2009

BCI Tests 56 for National HIV Testing Day

Saturday June 27 was National HIV Testing Day. The BCI outreach team took part in Each One Teach One’s 6th Annual Health Hookup Community Festival, held at Wm. Hicks Anderson Community Center.

The event offered screenings for a range of important health issues, and we were responsible for the HIV testing. Guests were encouraged to visit all the exhibit tables and receive a sticker, which they could then exchange for lunch, including burgers, hot dogs, and chips.

We tested 56 people at this event. A lot of young people came out that day, which was a good thing. Unfortunately, we found no new positives, but everyone learned their status and ways to stay negative.

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) and BCI want you to know that free, rapid HIV testing continues to be available at sites throughout the state all year long. Get tested at any Needle Exchange site or call 655-9880, ext. 21 for an appointment.

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