By Dawn Krebs
MARTIN COUNTY -- National HIV Testing Day will take place on June 27, and to participate, the Martin County Health Department will have two free counseling and testing days in two different locations.
The first observance will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at a Stuart site, located at the 3441 S.E. Willoughby Blvd. The next day, Thursday, June 27, free testing and counseling will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at an Indiantown site, located at 16401 S.W. Farm Road. No appointments are necessary to be tested.
Education on the disease will also be available at both locations during this time.
According to a press release from the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 50,000 are infected with HIV each year in the United States and many may not know it.
Getting tested is the first step to preventing the spread of the disease. Early testing leads to early medical treatment and support that can delay the progression to AIDS.
The Martin County Health Department offers rapid testing, so test results can be delivered in about 15 minutes.
For more information, call (772) 221-4000, Ext. 2130.