National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day and you can get screened for free in Gulfport until 7 p.m.

Today only, free testing is taking place at the Walgreens located at the corner of Highway 49 and Dedeaux Road in Gulfport. Testing can be the key to early detection and a healthier life for those infected by HIV.

The CDC says about one million people in the U.S. are currently living with HIV including about 162,000 who don’t even know it.  Joseph Lindsey with My Brother’s Keeper said, “As long as you’re in treatment and care, you can live a long healthy life with HIV. It’s just like having diabetes, high blood pressure, you take your medicine and you’ll be fine. It’s very important. It also helps you to get into treatment and care early if you perhaps test positive for HIV.”

If you can’t make it out today just text your zip code to 566948 to find a testing site near you.

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