Thursday marks National HIV Testing Day, and the Philadelphia region will be offering free testing to mark the occasion.
About 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and one in seven of them don't know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Pennsylvania, around 36,000 people live with the disease, according to the latest figures from the state department of health.
This year's National HIV Testing Day theme is "Doing It My Way," which is meant to encourage people to get tested in a way that is comfortable for them. The CDC recommends that everyone between 13 and 64-years-old get tested for HIV at least once, and those at high risk get tested at least once a year.
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Here is where you can get tested for free in the Philadelphia region:
- Charles L. Durham Library: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Community Center for Visitation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday
- Frankford Library: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Greater Olney Library: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Kingsessing Library: 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Queen Memorial Library: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wadsworth Library: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Walnut Street West: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- West Oak Lane Library: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Whitman Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Widener Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Allentown Health Bureau's Alliance Hall office: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Atlanticare HealthPlex: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Camden County One Stop, Suite 104: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- South Jersey AIDS Alliance: Begins at 10 a.m.
- South Jersey AIDS Alliance at 20 S. Tennessee Ave.: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- South Jersey AIDS Alliance Oasis Too Site: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.