The Norwalk Health Department will offer free rapid testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on June 27, National HIV Testing Day. Staff will provide testing from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Health Department (137 East Avenue, Norwalk). No appointment is necessary, and results are available in about 20 minutes.
HIV is a serious public health concern nationwide and locally. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 38,000 new HIV infections occur every year in the United States. People of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures can be infected with HIV. The CDC reports that HIV infections are increasing most rapidly among young people, with the most new infections occurring among people ages 15 to 49.
Testing is particularly important, because people living with HIV might not experience signs or symptoms. When detected early, HIV can be managed and controlled to prevent future complications.
“There are millions of people in the United States living with HIV, and a large number of them aren’t aware of their status,” explained Darleen Hoffler, MHA, BSN, RN, Supervisor of Clinical Services at the Health Department.
In addition to the free testing on National HIV Testing Day, the Health Department offers a walk-in sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic every Monday and Friday morning from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. No appointment is necessary, and the fee is $10. HIV testing is also available at these times.