Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day

HOUSTON – Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day.

First marked in the United States on June 27, 1995, the annual observance is aimed at encouraging people to get tested for HIV and become educated about their status.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 1.1 million people age 13 and older were living with HIV. Of those, an estimated 166,000 people had not been diagnosed.

The federal health agency has created a tool that connects people with testing events in their area. Click or tap here to view it.

Some Walgreens pharmacies are also offering free HIV testing Tuesday. Click or tap here to find a location near you.

There are also several agencies in the Houston area that offer free or low-cost HIV testing all year, including AIDS Foundation Houston, Bee Busy, Legacy Community Health and Planned Parenthood.

Click or tap here for more information about year-round testing sites.

Most of the agencies that provide HIV testing will connect people who test positive with resources and support.

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