Canada: Call Out for Regular HIV Testing
October 12, 2010
A local non-profit AIDS service organization is offering rapid, anonymous HIV testing to encourage residents to find out their status. The services are part of an AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County (ACGWC) campaign to promote regular testing among those who have engaged in higher-risk activities.
The campaign includes advertising throughout the area, as well as digital messages in 17 Guelph bars and restaurants. Campaign messages also are on Facebook and Twitter.
"We're hoping that once people realize how easy it is to get tested, and how much support is available, more people will make testing a priority," campaign organizer Megan DePutter said in a press release.
"If you test negative, you can rest your mind at ease but also obtain strategies to keep yourself safe," said DePutter, the group's prevention coordinator. "If you test positive, you can access life-saving medication, financial assistance and free, confidential support that can help you live well with the disease," she said.
More information about the campaign is available at www.aidsguelph.org or by calling 519-763-2255.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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