By: News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – To honor National HIV Testing Day, the AIDS Project of Rhode Island (APRI) held free HIV testing in multiple locations on Wednesday, June 27.
Providence Counsel woman Nirva LaFortune, who was expected to participate in getting tested, says "Even if you have not recently put yourself at risk, HIV testing is important for your health and relationships and should be a part of your sexual health habits. The only way to take charge is to know."
APRI partnered up with Walgreens and the Greater Than AIDS Campaign to raise awareness of how easy it is to get tested and treatment across the nation.
"It is currently estimated that 1 in 7 individuals (or about 15%) who has HIV does not know it. Getting an HIV test is recommended for anyone who is sexually active. If a person tests positive and is linked to care quickly, takes their medication as prescribed, and achieves an undetectable viral level they cannot pass the virus to a partner. In addition, a person who is HIV-negative may be a candidate for PrEP, a medicine taken as one pill a day that is up to 99% effective in stopping HIV transmission." according to APRI.
“Testing has always been a cornerstone of the services we provide,” says APRI Executive Director Stephen Hourahan. “National HIV Testing Day is a great time to remind everyone that testing is simple, painless, and quick, and to make it a normal part of taking care of your health.”
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