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Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

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A new HIV testing campaign has been launched with the goal of reducing the stigma by normalizing discussion around HIV and sexual health and to increase accessibility of HIV testing to populations that may be most at-risk.

Free HIV testing will take place on June 25th in Windsor-Essex and June 26th in Chatham-Kent in collaboration with Windsor Regional Hospital’s HIV Care Program, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Chatham-Kent Public Health and Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres.

Anonymous HIV rapid testing sites will also be set up in the community at Community University Partnership for Community Development, Research & Training, and ACCESS County Community Support Services. The rapid HIV-antibody test takes only 60 seconds for results.

Over 710 people are living with HIV in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, with 60 new infections diagnosed in the last 3 years. According to national estimates, 1 in 4 individuals living with HIV remains undiagnosed, therefore 25% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. Organizers say this is why raising testing awareness is of such importance; testing is the only way to truly know your HIV status.

The testing day schedule can be found here.

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