Thursday, September 16, 2010

HIV Testing at Cooper-Young

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM

The Cooper Young Festival is this weekend. Generally I wouldn't mention it because it doesn't really seem to need the press, and I'm not really the event person. But Bianca Phillips wrote about a new book on Cooper Young this week in our print product.

And I wanted to mention that Planned Parenthood and the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center will be offering free HIV testing at 892 S. Cooper during the festival. The test will be done with a simple mouth swab, and results should be ready in about half an hour.

Testing is always free at Planned Parenthood's new facility on Poplar, and on Wednesday nights at the MGLCC, but this seems mighty convenient.

From my friends at those two organizations:

More than 5,700 people in Memphis and Shelby County are currently living with HIV/AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as one in every 5 people who are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, do not know they have the virus.

[I also realized this week I really need a "health" tag, too. And maybe "built environment."]

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