By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Do you know your status? One in five of the more 1.2 million people living with HIV don’t know they’re infected. In Oregon and SW Washington, that translates to about 1,500 people who are HIV-positive but don’t know it.
Fortunately, it’s a situation that’s easily remedied by getting tested. And on June 27 — the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day — it’s even easier. Cascade AIDS Project is offering free rapid HIV testing all day long at it downtown office (208 SW 5th, Suite 800) and at Pivot‘s drop-in location (209 SW 4th).
“HIV/AIDS-related stigma still presents significant barriers to ending this epidemic,” Michael Anderson-Nathe, CAP’s Director of Prevention and Education services said in a release. “The more people get tested, learn their status, and then talk about getting tested, the more we chip away at stigma and the closer we get to an AIDS-free generation.”
Whether you are in a “high risk” group or not, getting tested for HIV is a quick and easy way to make a difference. Rapid testing takes about 20 minutes and a quick finger prick, available confidentially or anonymously, and can be provided in Spanish.
To make an appointment, visit www.testing4all.org.