Reducing the number of undiagnosed individuals with HIV infections is at the center of a health and resources fair organized by the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and community partners in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27.
The public is welcome to attend the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Rd., Waukegan (near the corner of Belvidere Road and Keller Avenue). In addition to free food and children's activities, free HIV testing using a rapid testing technology is available for anyone 13 years of age and older. Results are available within 15 minutes. Also, hepatitis C screening using a finger stick will be available for adults 18 and older.
In the United States, nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and nearly one in five do not know they are infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Our goal is to link individuals living with HIV to appropriate medical care," said Tony Beltran, "HIV is a manageable disease with the best outcomes when it is detected early and patients receive proper medical care."
The Health Department's Sexually Transmitted Infections Program offers free HIV counseling and testing Monday through Friday at the Belvidere Medical Building. Information about hepatitis and screening for sexually transmitted diseases is also available. For more information contact the STI Program at 847-377-8450, or visit: http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Population/Pages/Sexually-Transmitted-InfectionHIV-Prevention.aspx