National HIV Testing Event – Learn your status for free

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(KTVI) - You can learn your HIV status for free at the National HIV Testing event in Illinois.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control estimate about 20% of Americans living with HIV do not know they are infected. But, researchers also say those who know they are HIV-positive are less likely to spread the virus that causes AIDS.

Larry Mayhew of the Ryan White HIV-Aids Program for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation said the agency has seen a rise in HIV among African-American men. About a quarter of newly-diagnosed patients are African-American women.

You can find your status at two Walgreens locations this weekend.

1205 Camp Jackson Rd.
Cahokia, IL 62205

5890 N. Belt West
Belleville, IL 62226

Friday June 27, 2014 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday June 28, 2014 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more healthcare information, visit http://sihf.org