Every year, World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, is observed to give people an opportunity to reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS have had on people and nations throughout the world.
It also serves as an opportunity to unify in response to the epidemic, increase awareness, celebrate the great strides made in prevention, care, and treatment, support people living with AIDS, and honor those that have been lost to AIDS. The goal is an AIDS-free generation.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the City of St. Louis Department of Health and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health are offering free “Get Tested STL” STI and HIV screenings Monday-Friday at the location listed below. Persons who come for the free screenings will be able to receive Rapid STI and HIV screening. Rapid STI screening visits take only 15 to 20 minutes and will test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and hepatitis C.
Rapid STI and HIV Testing
North Central Community Health Center (Buzz Westfall Room) 4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 63121
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Saint Louis County wants to create a favorable environment for both residents and visitors who need access to HIV education, prevention, care, and treatment services,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said.
“When the HIV epidemic first started in the ‘80s, it was considered a death sentence,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, “but with the biomedical advancements made since then, it can now be treated much more like a chronic disease. However, before treatment can begin, people need to know they have it. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Testing is the key.”
Melba Moore, director and commissioner of health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health also added, “Through continued coordination of regional prevention efforts, screenings, and treatments, we are working with all of our regional and community partners to close the gap on HIV by enabling and empowering our communities to access the services they need.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects 1.2 million people in the United States, and 1 in 8 of those people do not know they have it. To stop its spread, it is recommended that anyone who is sexually active get tested regularly.
Anyone unable to attend the free HIV screening event, but who is interested in obtaining free HIV testing and screening for other sexually transmitted infections should visit www.GetTestedSTL.org and
www.STLCondoms.com, as free STI and HIV screening is regularly offered by both the City and County health departments and community based organizations. These websites serve as a comprehensive resource for finding free educational materials, safer sex resources, and local resources for sexual health testing, treatment, and support.
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Additionally, if you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection, it is recommended that you contact your primary healthcare provider.