With statistics showing that the HIV/AIDS infection rate dropped last year, the National AIDS Secretariat is keeping up its campaign to eliminate the disease. Accordingly, it will be hosting free after-hours HIV testing next week.
This is the second time that testing is being done, due to the “numerous requests from the general public,” the AIDS Secretariat says.
The exercise will take place on Saturday, August 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AIDS Secretariat Office on Long Street.
As expected, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, officials say that testing will be undertaken by appointment only. Persons who wish to take part may contact 462-5975 or 462-5039 to schedule theirs.
Additionally, persons are advised to bring along valid government-issued identification. Those who have testing cards should present those, as well.
According to officials, knowing one’s HIV status should be of paramount importance, as it demonstrates a level of responsible behaviour.
“Make use of the opportunity being offered and get tested,” the Secretariat advises.