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Persons at high risk for HIV/AIDS are urged to get tested, know their status

Tue June 21, 2011

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is encouraging individuals who are at a high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS to get tested and seek subsequent care and treatment if necessary.

Through grants made available from the Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Health Department offers free testing to those persons most at risk for HIV/AIDS, including intravenous drug users, high-risk heterosexuals and homosexual men.

Individuals who do not meet the criteria to receive free testing can still be tested for a $50 fee at the Health Department's STD Clinic, which also offers testing for other sexually transmitted diseases.

With early diagnosis, individuals will know their HIV status and can be referred to appropriate treatment and care.  In 2006, the CDC recommended that adolescents, adults and pregnant women be routinely screened for HIV in healthcare settings.

Every year, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day (Monday, June 27, 2011) local organizations across the nation engage with communities to promote early diagnosis and HIV testing. The Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 250,000 of the one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are unaware of their status.

For information about HIV testing in DuPage County, please call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.

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Persons at high risk for HIV/AIDS are urged to get tested, know their status