Community invited to partake in free HIV testing

As of 2015 we had over 2,000 people living with HIV in El Paso County, this only reflects those that have been diagnosed.

Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day.

JoAnna Arriola, public health supervisor with the city of El Paso, said this day is a great way to shed light on the importance of getting tested.

In an effort to help destigmatize HIV, the city of El Paso will be offering free HIV testing on Tuesday.

"As of 2015, we had 2,000 people living with HIV in El Paso County," said Arriola. "This only reflects those that have been diagnosed."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it.

Arriola is encouraging everyone in the community to come out and get tested and be part of this nationwide movement to help stop new infections of HIV.

The HIV Prevention Program will be offering free testing on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the clinic located at 701 Montana Ave. in El Paso.

For those in need of an HIV support group, there is CLEAR.

CLEAR, which stands for Choosing Life: Empowerment, Actions and Results, is a free, one-on-one counseling program for those living with HIV or at risk of contracting HIV.

For more information on this program, contact JoAnna Arriola at 915-212-6595 or 915-401-4661.

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