HIV testing events at select Walgreens

Black PR Wire | 6/29/2015, 12:36 a.m.
Illinois, and MENLO PARK, California – Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. Walgreens and Greater than AIDS, a leading national ...
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DEERFIELD, Illinois, and MENLO PARK, California – Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. Walgreens and Greater than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, have teamed up with more than 180 health departments and local AIDS service organizations in 150 cities across the country to offer free HIV testing. National organizations including NAACP and Black AIDS Institute will support the events by encouraging community members to know their HIV status and take advantage of free HIV testing.

State and local health departments and ASOs will provide trained counselors to conduct the testing and will provide results on-site within minutes. Free tests, including those donated by Alere North America, BioLytical Laboratories and The D.I.V.A. Foundation, will be available at the testing sites located at select Walgreens in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, among other cities during a three-day period:

Testing will take place Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following stores:

• 2060 S. Buckner Blvd. – UT Southwestern Medical Center

• 5101 S. Lancaster Road – UT Southwestern Medical Center

• 3211 S. Lancaster Road – Urban League of Greater Dallas

• 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road – Dallas County Health and Human Services

• 1306 N. Beckley Ave. – Dallas County Health and Human Services

• 3802 Cedar Springs Rd – AIDS Arms Inc.

• 1461 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. – Abounding Prosperity Inc.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that all Americans be screened for HIV as a routine part of medical care, many Americans have never been tested or are not being tested as often as recommended, according to national surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 7 do not know that they are infected and only 3 in 10 are in ongoing care and treatment.

“Walgreens is committed to being a part of the solution to end AIDS, and National HIV Testing Day provides a great opportunity to help share critical health information and encourage HIV testing,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology, specialty products and services at Walgreens. “Working in collaboration with Greater than AIDS and various community partners during the past four years, we have helped nearly 20,000 people access free testing. We are pleased to be able to continue to help make it easier for those in the communities that we serve to know their status.”

“We have come so far in our understanding of HIV,” said Tina Hoff, senior vice president and director of health communication and media partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Today, there are very effective treatments that not only help people with HIV to enjoy long, healthy lives but also significantly reduce the chances of passing the virus to others. Knowing one’s status is a crucial first step.”

I Got Tested: What’s Next?, a new 8-page informational guide from Greater than AIDS and Walgreens will be distributed at the testing events in June. For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations and supporting partners, as well as more information about HIV testing, visit http://www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.