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Free HIV testing in Avon on Friday and Vail on Saturday

Take the test, take control. The Red Ribbon Project of Eagle County will host Free HIV testing on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Doctors on Call in Avon and on Saturday, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Colorado Mountain Medical at the Vail Valley Medical Center. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcomed and results will be available within 10 minutes.

Early HIV detection is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and family.

There are more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV. Despite new therapies, people with HIV still develop AIDS and more than 14,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that some 56,300 Americans become infected each year, and of those Americans, 1 in 5 have never been tested and is therefore unaware of his or her status. Could you be one of them? The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care.

Although HIV infection is completely preventable, every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with the virus. That person could be you - or someone you know - your brother, sister, father, mother, friend, co-worker or neighbor. It is important for everyone to get the facts, reduce risky behaviors and get tested to learn their HIV status. You have the power to help stop the spread of HIV. Finding out early can save your life and the lives of those you love.

For more information on the above-mentioned programs or inquiries about how you might be able to partner and/or volunteer with Red Ribbon Project, call 970-827-5900, email at denise@redribbonproject.org or visit www.redribbonproject.org. For more information about HIV and AIDS, visit www.aids.gov.


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