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Monmouth Medical Center Offers Free HIV Testing on June 27 for National HIV Testing Day


LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, with one in eight unaware of their infection. The only way to know for certain if someone has HIV is to get tested.

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Monmouth Medical Center is providing free, confidential HIV testing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Monmouth Family Health Center, located at 270 Broadway in Long Branch.

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system and drastically reduces the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases. No cure exists for HIV but with proper medical care, it can be controlled. National HIV Testing Day was created to encourage people to get tested, learn their HIV status and seek the medical care they need to stay healthy.

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages 13 to 64 get tested at least once for HIV as part of their routine health care. People with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases and people who inject drugs are likely to be at a high risk and should get tested at least once a year.

Appointments are not needed for the free HIV testing on June 27. For more information, contact Yazmira Harwood at (732) 923-7137 or (732) 923-7138.

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