Free HIV testing today in Richmond

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's in labs like the one in Richmond and across the country,where more and more positive results for HIV are showing up. The latest numbers from the CDC say more than a million Americans are sick with the disease.

That's why health leaders in Richmond are testing people for free. This, on a day when health leaders across the country are trying to get the word out about HIV and AIDS in the black community.

"Just like in the U.S., half the African American population here, or half of those with HIV are African American," says George Jones with Richmond City Health District.

Recently, more and more people are showing up here at the health department to get tested. In fact, we're told that the number of younger people getting tested in our area as recently gone up. "People want to know. That way they can get into the treatment programs and stop the spread of AIDS in our community," adds Jones.

The Richmond City Health District is planning to expand that push to get people tested and treated. Right now, several health organizations in the Richmond area are teaming up to work on an awareness campaign, something new to roll out in the next few months.

"To go out into the community to do some testing," says Jones. "If everyone pitches in and comes together."

One test at a time.

Head to the Richmond City Health District 400 block of East Cary Street to get tested. Registration is at 1 p.m.  There is also testing going on at VCU today, in the Student Commons Building.

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