Know Your Status: Free HIV Testing Available Wednesday in Arkansas Union

In coordination with World AIDS Day, the Washington County Health Unit will provide free HIV testing for the campus community. The free testing event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Arkansas Union.

World AIDS Day—held annually on Dec. 1— provides an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase HIV awareness and knowledge, and support those living with HIV.

Although there is still no effective cure for HIV, the virus can be controlled with proper medical treatment. If diagnosed and treated early, a person with HIV can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.

Knowing your HIV status can help keep you — and others — safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 1.1 million people have HIV in the U.S.; and 1 in 7 of them don't know they have the virus.

The CDC recommends everyone ages 13 to 64 should get tested for HIV at least once, and more frequently for those at a higher-risk of contracting the virus.


Zac Garrett Brown, assistant director of communications
Pat Walker Health Center


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