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National HIV Testing Day

HIV Testing Day

June 20, 2012

         CHEMUNG CO. (WENY) --  Nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, but one in five people don't even realize they're infected.  That's why local AIDS prevention workers want Southern Tier residents to know their status.

         June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and the Chemung County Task Force is offering free, confidential testing.  The only way to know if you have HIV or full blown AIDS is to get tested.  Even if you don't feel sick, getting early treatment is critical and could help you live a longer, healthier life.

        "It's really important that you know your status. The byline is take the test, take control...take control of your life," says Judy Born, a member of the Chemung County AIDS Task Force.

        The free testing will be offered at the Economic Opportunity Program at 650 Baldwin Street on June 27 from 10 AM to 6 PM.  You should enter through the Fifth Street entrance.  The Chemung County Health Department also offers free HIV testing every Monday from 1 to 3 PM, Thursday from 9 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM, and Friday's from 9 AM to 11 AM.  The department is located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.