One in five. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in five people who have HIV do not know they have it. Moreso, 40 percent of people with HIV will not be diagnosed until they have developed AIDS, which can occur a decade later — a considerable amount of time to spread the infection. In Clark County, there are 8,500 known cases of HIV and/or AIDS.
Wednesday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day. Do yourself a solid and get tested.
The Southern Nevada Health District will offer free testing at its Sexual Health Clinic, 400 Shadow Lane, Ste. 106, as well as the Richard Steele Boxing Gym and Charlie’s Bar. Richard Steele Boxing Gym, 2475 W. Cheyenne Ave., Ste. 120, will offer testing from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Charlie’s Bar, 5012 Arville St., from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The CDC recommends annual testing for those who engage in high-risk sex or use intravenous drugs, and for pregnant women to reduce the risk of passing HIV to their children. The health district welcomes anyone who wishes to know their status.
The district’s Sexual Health Clinic opened June 11 and offers STD services include testing, treatment, exams, referrals and counseling for $30 year-round. HIV testing is available on a walk-in basis during regular clinic hours. HIV case management and referrals are available by appointment.