Celebrate national HIV testing day Wednesday by getting tested

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Get a free, confidential HIV test Wednesday – national HIV testing day.

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS have partnered with several community groups to provide testing and counseling at 22 Chicago Walgreens locations, including six in the Austin area.

Testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and results will be delivered on-site.

Local partners will be on hand to administer testing and answer questions about prevention, early treatment and PrEP, a medication that offers an effective means of protection for those who’ve test negative for HIV but are at high risk for contracting the virus.

In 2016, nearly 40,000 people nationwide were diagnosed with HIV, primarily members of minority groups. About 70 percent of those were among the LGBTQ community; 44 percent were African American; and 25 percent were Hispanic or Latino.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV, 15 percent of whom have not been diagnosed. The CDC estimates that 1 in 7 are unaware of their HIV status, underscoring the importance of community-based testing.

Here are the Austin testing sites:

Walgreens at 1627 N. Pulaski Road (testing partner: Austin Cbc Initiative/Hektoen Institute)

Walgreens at 4748 W. North Ave. (testing partner: Austin Cbc Initiative/Hektoen Institute)

Walgreens at 1546 N. Central Ave. (testing partner: Austin Cbc Initiative/Hektoen Institute) 

Walgreens at 5222 W. Madison St. (testing partner: Howard Brown Health ClinicO

Walgreens at 3401 W. Roosevelt Road (testing partner: Howard Brown Health Clinic)

Walgreens at 4800 W. Cermak Road in Cicero (testing partner: Corazon Community Services)

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