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HIV testing in Vail Friday

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Red Ribbon Project of Eagle County is hosting free HIV testing Friday at the Vail Interfaith Chapel in Vail, and Saturday, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Eagle Care Clinic in Edwards. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcomed and oral or finger prick results will be available within 10-20 minutes.

Early HIV detection is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. 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 – of those Americans, one in four 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.

Although HIV infection is completely preventable, every nine and a half minutes someone in the United States is infected with the virus.

For more information about the 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. Free HIV testing is sponsored by: United Way of Eagle River Valley and First Bank of Vail.


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