Free HIV Testing

by Press Release-Burlington County | Jun 24, 2007
Free HIV Testing The Burlington County Health Department will hold free, confidential HIV testing and counseling at its center in Westampton from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th, National HIV Testing Day.

“We encourage residents to visit our Health Center to take advantage of this free service to protect their health, as well as the health of loved ones,” said Freeholder Dawn Marie Addiego who oversees the County Health Department. “People will be able to get the results the same day.”

“We have to work together to conquer this devastating disease,” said County Public Health Coordinator Robert Gogats. “The theme of this year’s campaign, ‘Take the Test, Take Control,’ spotlights that people who test positive can receive care and treatment to preserve their health.”

The State of New Jersey ranks fifth among all states for the highest number of AIDS cases. In Burlington County, there are about 500 people living with HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 280,000 people in the United States are HIV-positive and are unaware of their status.

Gogats urged all residents to seek the free voluntary HIV testing and counseling. “People who find out that they are negative can get valuable information and support to help them stay that way.”

The Raphael Meadow Health Center is located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. off of Woodlane Road in the County Complex in Westampton.

For more information, visit the website www.HIVtest.org or call the Burlington County Health Department at 609-265-5533.

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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