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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 spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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