WAYNE, Mich. –The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness’ Wellness Services Division, will offer free HIV testing and counseling on World AIDS Day December 1, 2015. The testing will take place at the Wayne County Health Clinic, 33030 Van Born Rd. in Wayne, MI, from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m (The clinic is closed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for lunch). Testing is open to all Wayne County residents on a walk in basis and no appointment is necessary.
World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and almost one in eight people are unaware of their infection.
People getting tested can expect a brief screening process, which includes a series of questions to assess your risk level for having contracted HIV. All testing records are kept confidential. Blood is taken from a finger prick and results are provided within 30 minutes. If the test is positive, a venous blood draw is taken, with the sample sent to the State lab for confirmation. The Wayne Clinic will follow up with the client on the results of the test sent to the state lab.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of the risk of HIV through education, outreach, testing and counseling,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Director, Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness. “Our department has administered nearly 1,000 HIV tests since January of 2015. HIV/AIDS is a real threat in our community and we must continue our advocacy and push towards greater access to treatment for all.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those 13 and older get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime. Getting tested for HIV is the only way to find out if you have HIV. Getting tested is the first step to accessing medical care and preventing the spread of the virus. Without medical care, HIV leads to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and premature death.
For more information please call the Wayne Health Clinic at 734-727-7100
About Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans, and Community Wellness
The Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness is responsible for coordinating and administering health, social, educational, Veterans and youth services to communities and residents in Wayne County so they can lead healthy and productive lives. For more information visit www.waynecounty.com