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.