You can receive a free HIV test from the Sedgwick County Division of Health for World AIDS Day this coming Friday.
“World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and memorialize those who have died,” a release states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone who is sexually active, shares needles or who has been in contact with blood should be tested, the release states. The test can detect HIV as well as all other sexually transmitted infections.
The free conventional HIV testing will take place on Dec. 1 at 2716 W. Central. Testing will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but not over the noon hour.
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You can schedule an appointment in advance at 316-660-7300, or you can walk in.
Last year, 3,147 people in Kansas and 801 people in Sedgwick County were living with HIV.
Kira Corteville's father Wayne Corteville was in the Via Christi HOPE program until he died Sept. 10. When the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services suspended new enrollments in the HOPE program, it cited examples of untreated medical conditions. One stood out to Corteville as likely being her father. He needed a dental appointment, which was not provided. Two months later, he was hospitalized because of a tooth abscess. The family believes resulting health issues ended up killing Wayne. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)firstname.lastname@example.org