March 6, 2012
March 10 is designated National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and WMCA Health Services will participate by offering free HIV and STD testing to all women and girls March 7-11. "This is an extremely important event, and it should remind us that HIV does not discriminate," said Dr. Stephen Sears, acting director of the Maine Center for Disease Control. "In fact, women make up one-quarter of all new HIV infections in the country. Getting tested should be a part of routine health care, since early diagnosis and care leads to longer and healthier lives." Same-day and evening appointments are available for the testing, which will take place at 179 Lisbon St. in Lewiston; telephone 207-795-4007. For more on the national awareness outreach, visit www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/index.cfm.