Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming up to offer free HIV testing and counseling about prevention strategies, as part of a National HIV Testing Day effort in Kentucky.
Testing will be available at select Walgreens stores in 130 cities on June 27, 28 and 29, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on all three days.
Results are provided on site by trained counselors.
Walgreens gift cards will be offered for the first 20 individuals that are tested.
Matthew 25 AIDS Services will provide trained counselors to conduct the testing and will provide results on-site within minutes.
“We know more about preventing and treating HIV than ever before,” said Tina Hoff, senior vice president and director, health communication and media partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, which directs Greater Than AIDS. “The first step is knowing your status. This collaboration normalizes HIV testing as part of everyday life, while educating communities about the latest advances.”
PrEP, a medication available by prescription, offers another effective means of protection for those
In addition, antiretrovirals, the medications used to treat HIV in addition to improving health, are now known to help stop the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV testing as part of routine health care.
“With early diagnosis and treatment, someone with HIV can live a healthy normal lifespan,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology at Walgreens. “It’s very important to take control of your health by getting a test and learning your status.”
For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations and supporting partners, as well as additional
information about HIV testing, including year-round testing sites, click here.