FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Medical officials are urging people to take control of their health by knowing their HIV status.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health said nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and of those, one in seven don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms and feel healthy. The department said symptoms people get are usually related to infections and cancers due to a weakened immune system.
“Everyone should know their HIV status,” said Kathy Thornson, director of HIV/STD Prevention for the Allen County Department of Health. “Getting tested is easier than ever, and for anyone living with undiagnosed HIV it’s the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing its spread.”
If you don’t know your HIV status, the first step is getting tested. The department is observing National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27. Free, confidential testing will take place at the Walgreens on Creighton Avenue.
The testing is taking place from 10 am to 4 pm. No appointment is needed and results can be given in 20 minutes. If you are unable to attend the testing day, there are other ways to get tested.
Other confidential HIV testing opportunities provided by the Department regularly include:
- Allen County Department of Health Medical Annex
4813 New Haven Ave.
(260) 449-7504 by appointment Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Department off-site clinics:
- 519 Oxford St.
Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
110 E. Creighton Ave.
Wednesdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Call (260) 449-4369 for questions
- 519 Oxford St.
To find other testing locations near you, visit https://gettested.cdc.gov or text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948).