LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department says more than 12,000 Hoosiers are living with HIV. Wednesday is National HIV Testing Day and right down the street from the YWCA in Lafayette, the health department is offering free HIV Testing.
You do not need to make an appointment and testing is confidential. It includes a finger prick and a small blood sample and a person will know their status in less than a minute.
The department is equipped to deal with negative and positive results. This includes helping people keep their risks down and stay negative or how to get access to treatment. HIV Prevention Intern Maggie Kline says at the end of 2017, Tippecanoe County had about 190 people living with HIV. If you have this disease, she says your immune system is suppressed over time. It's important to know whether or not you have it.
"So that we can prevent the spread of the disease as well as catch people who are positive before the HIV progresses to AIDS, to improve their quality of life and improve their access to care," said Kline
While at the event you can also enter to win a raffle of more than one-thousand dollars in prizes donated by local businesses.
The HIV testing event is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Tippecanoe County Health Department on 6th Street.
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