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Free HIV testing Thursday and Friday in Eagle County

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Eagle County CO, Colorado

There are more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV. The Center for Disease Control estimates that some 56,300 Americans become infected each year, and of those Americans 1 in 4 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. Stop the spread. Learn your status.

The Red Ribbon Project of Eagle County will be hosting free HIV testing on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Eagle Care Clinic in Edwards and Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. No appointments are necessary. Walk-ins are welcome and results will be available within 10 minutes. All tests are confidential and every consultation includes thorough and supportive pre- and post-counseling.

Established in 1996, the Red Ribbon Project was initiated in response to the growing need in Eagle County for HIV/AIDS prevention, awareness, education and support for those infected and affected by the virus. The Red Ribbon Project not only offers free testing six times each year, but also has developed a Youth Skills Building Program (YSB), which offers a 14 session, comprehensive, age appropriate curriculum that will serve all the youth of Eagle County’s public and private middle and high schools. In addition to youth education, the Red Ribbon Project encourages Eagle County residents of all ages to think about the decisions they make and supports them in making healthy choices.

You have the power to help stop the spread of HIV. If you have not been tested recently (or never) and have engaged in risky behavior, you could be spreading HIV to others. Finding out that you have HIV is not a death sentence. 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, e-mail redribbonprojectus@yahoo.com or visit http://www.redribbonproject.org. For more information about HIV and AIDS, visit: http://www.aids.gov.


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