Western North Carolina AIDS Project
Contact: Peggy Weil, Advocacy Coordinator - 828-575-3787 (cell)
For Immediate Release: June 16, 2011

JUNE 27 IS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY --
 
Each year, June 27th is designated as "National HIV Testing Day," a day for all Americans and those within our borders to “Take the Test, Take Control”.  A series of special testing events are planned in WNC this June, and the Western North Carolina AIDS Project would like to encourage everyone to get tested. 
 
Requesting an HIV test is the first step towards making informed decisions about staying healthy and protecting others.  Various local agencies are sponsoring special events to make it easier for everyone to find out their HIV status.  No appointment will be necessary at the following free and confidential HIV testing clinics. 
 
HIV Testing Events in Asheville
ABIPA
Free walk-in clinic
Friday, June 24th, 4pm – 7pm
39 S. Market St. Suite A
For more information, ABIPA at 828-251-8364 or WNCAP at 828-252-7489
 
Buncombe County Health Department
Free walk-in clinic
Monday, June 27th, 8:30am-4:30pm
35 Woodfin St., Asheville
For more information, 828-250-5109
 
HIV Testing Event in Haywood County
Haywood County Health Department
Free walk-in clinic
Monday, June 27th, 8am-5pm
2177 Asheville Road, Waynesville
For more information, 828-452-6675
 
Bilingual HIV Testing Event in Hendersonville
Haz la prueba
Marcos Hair Studio
Free walk-in clinic
Saturday, June 25th, 1pm to 5pm
2115 Spartanburg Hwy, East Flat Rock
For more information, contact Kenett Melgar, BRCHS 828-692-4289 Ext. 2211
or Victor Palomino, Latino Outreach, WNCAP 828-252-7489 Ext. 324
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , CDC, estimates that there are approximately 236,000 people nationally who do not know they are HIV positive.  These people may unknowingly transmitt the virus, further advancing the epidemic.  Undiagnosed, they are also at greater personal risk by not accessing essential treatment early.  In North Carolina, nearly 30% of newly diagnosed HIV cases have already advanced to AIDS.  These late-stage diagnoses are susceptible to numerous complications, costly hospitalization and an increased risk of death.
 
The CDC recommends HIV testing for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64. HIV testing is also recommended for all pregnant women as a routine part of prenatal care. A woman who has HIV and is pregnant can take certain medications during pregnancy that, combined with medical care, can significantly lower the chances of passing HIV to her baby.
 
Western North Carolina AIDS Project provides client services, prevention education and outreach to 18 counties in Western North Carolina. For more information about services and HIV testing please call 828-252-7489 or go to http://www.wncap.org/.
 
 
 
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