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Free HIV Testing
Free HIV Testing

The Panhandle Health District is offering free HIV testing later this month at all of its offices throughout the 5 northern counties.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five people living with HIV today are unaware that they're HIV-positive. The CDC recommends that people from age 13 through 64 include an HIV test in their annual physical exams.

It's estimated that 147 people are living with HIV in North Idaho. The numbers of people testing for HIV in the five northern counties has remained steady in the past few years. In 2009, 472 people tested. Last year, 442 people tested, and in the first four months of this year, 149 have tested.

The testing is being offered on specific days this month and an appointment is needed.

Here are the testing days and numbers to call for appointments:

June 23 - PHD Hayden, all day, 8500 N. Atlas Rd., 415-5270

June 27 - PHD Sandpoint, all day, 1020 Michigan, 263-5159

June 27 - PHD Bonners Ferry, all day, 7402 Caribou, 267-5558

June 27 - PHD St. Maries, all day, 137 N. 8th, 245-4556

June 28 - PHD Kellogg, 114 Riverside, all day, 786-7474

June 29 - PHD Hayden, all day

June 30 - PHD Sandpoint, morning only

June 30 - PHD St. Maries - all day

For information on HIV testing and counseling, visit www.phd1.idaho.gov

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