ACCESS AIDS Care, WALGREENS AND GREATER THAN AIDS TEAM UP
TO PROVIDE FREE HIV TESTING IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
HIV Testing Events at Select Walgreens Locations in Hampton Roads
ACCESS AIDS Care
Monday, June 24, 2013 – ACCESS AIDS Care is teaming up with Walgreens, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, and Greater Than AIDS, a coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the domestic epidemic, to provide FREE HIV testing at four Walgreens stores in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia. The testing events are taking place June 27-29 in support of National HIV Testing Day which is held on June 27th each year.
This will be the first year that Walgreens stores in the Hampton Roads area participate in this campaign. Locally, almost 7,600 individuals are living with HIV which represents more than 30% of all the cases of HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2011, more than 300 local residents were diagnosed with HIV which was more than any other region of the state. In the U.S., 1.1 million people are living with HIV but an estimated one in five, or nearly a quarter of a million people, does not know their status.
“Early diagnosis is the key to stay healthy and live with HIV,” said Stacie Walls-Beegle, Executive Director of ACCESS AIDS Care.
Testing will be available on June 27th and June 28th from 3 to 7 pm, and on June 29th from 9 am to 2 pm at the following locations: 810 W. 21st Street, Norfolk; 115 W. Little Creek Road, Norfolk; 700 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth; and 3965 Holland Road, Virginia Beach.
This marks the third consecutive year Walgreens has teamed with Greater Than AIDS and AIDS service organizations to help bring free HIV testing to communities. This year, more than three times the number of stores and testing partners are participating compared to 2012. This partnership includes state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations across the country that will coordinate HIV testing at nearly 175 Walgreens stores in 54 cities across 22 states. ACCESS AIDS Care is proud to be part of this effort.
ACCESS AIDS Care is an AIDS service organization that provides free and confidential HIV testing throughout the year. For almost 25 years, ACCESS AIDS Care has helped those affected by HIV/AIDS through supportive and educational services. For more information, visit www.accessaids.org. For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.