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June 14, 2011

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department will offer free HIV testing during National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27. The walk-in clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county health department at 70 Bunner Street in Oswego. It is open to all Oswego County residents.

Each year on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov, and other agencies across the country organize National HIV Testing Day. This comes just weeks after the thirtieth anniversary of the CDC's announcement of a strange new disease syndrome, now known as AIDS, which is caused by the virus HIV.

The Oswego County Health Department is participating in the "Take the Test, Take Control" public health campaign.

"More than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infection," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County director of public health.

Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they have already developed AIDS. That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV.

"Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and protecting the health of your partners and family," said Dr. Norfleet.

For more information about HIV testing, visit www.hivtest.org or the call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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