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National HIV Testing Day: June 27 - Free HIV Testing at Participating Walgreens Stores

By Jennifer Harris

June 27, 2022

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County (DOH-St. Lucie) is partnering with Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens stores to provide free HIV testing on Monday, June 27.

The DOH-St. Lucie team will provide free HIV tests and counseling at the Walgreens store located at 2501 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. No appointment is needed.  Visit, https://www.greaterthan.org/free-testing-nhtd-2022/ to find additional testing locations.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 13% of the estimated 1.2 million living with HIV today are not aware of their status. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to preserving health and preventing transmission.

HIV-negative individuals are encouraged to reduce the chance of contracting HIV by using prevention strategies. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication is available through DOH-St. Lucie. PrEP is a once-daily pill that can reduce the chance of acquiring HIV in HIV-negative individuals. PrEP should be used in conjunction with other prevention methods like condoms to reduce the chance of infection.

FREE HIV TESTING

Monday, June 27  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Walgreens on 2501 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce

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