HealthBeat: Free HIV tests available today across New Hampshire
Free HIV tests are available across the state today until 6 p.m.
In Concord, the Feminist Health Center at 38 South Main Street is participating in National HIV Testing Day, as is Laconia Family Planning at 121 Belmont Road.
New Hampshire has a low incidence of HIV, but half of newly diagnosed patients go on to be diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months, which means they are accessing care late – possibly too late for treatment, according to a news release from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Two-thirds of the people living with AIDS in New Hampshire are 45 years of age or older, according to the department.
The testing available today is free, and doesn’t require a blood draw. Results are available within 20 minutes. To locate a participating site near you, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/std/hivprevention.htm or call the DHHS Infectious Disease Prevention, Investigation and Care Section at 271-4502.
(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)