Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov, along with Gay City and other entities across the country, organizes National HIV Testing Day. This unique initiative sends the message, “Take the Test, Take Control,” to those at risk from HIV from those already living with HIV.
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Gay City will be offering expanded HIV testing hours on Wednesday June 27. Free HIV testing will be available to everyone to people of any gender or orientation that day, from 12pm – 8pm.
“While our testing services are normally only available to gay, bi, and trans men, we’re reaching out to the entire community for this one day event,” said Gay City Executive Director Fred Swanson, adding “It’s an exciting chance for people to both learn their HIV status and check out what Gay City is all about.”
National HIV Testing Day was developed in response to the growing number of HIV infections among gay men, people of color, and other heavily impacted communities. Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. NAPWA believes HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health.
Gay City Health Project is a multicultural gay men’s health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STI testing for gay, bi and trans men who have sex with men in King County. Their mission is to promote the health of gay and bisexual men and prevent HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem.
Source: Gay City Health Project