Not Sure If You're Living With AIDS? Get Tested

World AIDS Day is Saturday. Arlington County offers several free testing services year-round.

World AIDS Day is Saturday.

Because of that, Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes took the time Tuesday to remind residents of the various services the county offers in terms of HIV and STD testing.

Specifically, the county hosts walk-in HIV clinics twice a week — from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, visit the county's Human Services webpage.

In Arlington, 1,400 people are living with AIDS, Hynes said. About 900 have died.

"It's clear that this doesn't tell the whole story," Hynes said.

One in five people who have HIV don't know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"To that end, we want to send the message today: If you believe you might be at risk, you should get tested. You should use protection and you should encourage your loved ones to get tested," Hynes said.

"The best thing you can do for someone you love is make sure they are tested — so they can get treatment if necessary."

For more information about AIDS, visit AIDS.gov.


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