Wednesday is HIV Testing Day in Kalamazoo

Grant Boone
June 28, 2018

An estimated 1.1 million people in the USA are living with HIV, according to the CDC.

PrEP is a daily oral antiretroviral medication highly effective in reducing new cases of HIV - up to 92-99% in some clinical trials. The CDC recommends that anyone from the age of 13 to 64 gets tested at least once in their lifetime.

Montaner said the news conference was more than just an announcement that more HIV infections are being prevented.

The HIV Test Kits research report includes the products that are now in demand and available in the market along with their cost breakup, manufacturing volume, import/export scheme and contribution to the HIV Test Kits market revenue worldwide.

Heartland CARES Inc. will provide fast, free and confidential HIV testing at 619 N. 30th St., Paducah, and at St. Luke Free Clinic, 408 W. 17th St., Hopkinsville from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday as part of National HIV Testing Day. The report also presents forecast for HIV Test Kits Market from 2018 till 2025.

Funding for that program is now being expanded, while at the same time, the number of new diagnoses of HIV has dropped to fewer than 200.

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Born says there are an estimated 368 people in Kalamazoo County who are positive for HIV.

"When a person finds out that they're positive, they will be assigned a linkage coordinator and that person will get them in for their first appointment within 72 hours", Weinstein said.

Tomorrow is National HIV testing day and it's important to get checked if you think you may have been infected. Our mission is to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where we live, learn, work and play.

HIV-negative individuals are encouraged to use preventative measures to reduce chances of infection. If someone is exposed to the virus, it can help keep HIV from taking hold.

Officials say the National HIV Testing Day aims to reach individuals at risk of HIV exposure who lack adequate sexual health resources and capacity for HIV testing, including members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, off-reserve Indigenous communities and people who use drugs.

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