Each year for National HIV Testing Day, HIV.gov profiles community efforts to support this Awareness Day. The following was provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
More than 265 community partners have teamed with Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens in support of this year’s National HIV Testing Day.
On June 27, local HIV organizations and health departments will provide FREE HIV testing in participating Walgreens stores in more than 260 cities. In addition, people who stop by the stores can also pick up informational materials and talk with onsite counselors about the latest in HIV prevention and treatment.
View a map of participating Walgreens locations. No appointments needed. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.(local time).
HIV testing is recommended as part of routine health care, yet many Americans are not being tested as often as advised. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in seven people living with HIV in the U.S. today are unaware of their status. Testing is a critical first step in connecting individuals, regardless of status, to effective prevention and care strategies.
The Greater Than AIDS/Walgreens National HIV Testing Day Community Partnership is part of an ongoing effort to broaden the reach of HIV testing and information in nontraditional settings and to support the outreach of local organizations. Walgreens is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Since 2011, more than 48,000 free HIV tests have been provided as part of the partnership. This year’s activation brings together the largest number of participating partners, cities, and Walgreens stores so far to join the effort.