Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. In response, Southwest District Health will offer free HIV tests today in Caldwell.
The seven Idaho Health districts report more than 1,300 people in Idaho are currently living with HIV or AIDS. Those are the people who know they have the infection. Health officials want to reach people who haven’t been tested, and may be infected.
Laurie Boston is with the Southwest District Health Department, which includes Canyon County. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four of the 50,000 people that are infected with HIV each year in the United States are between the ages of 13 and 24. So we really want to focus on the youth and make sure that they are tested.”
Southwest District Health is offering free, confidential “quick” tests today for anyone who walks in the door. Boston says it’s a simple finger stick to get a blood sample and gives results in 20 minutes.
Southwest District Health will offer the tests at its Canyon County facility at 13307 Miami Lane in Caldwell.
World AIDS Day started in 1988 to support people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died from the disease.
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