DCHHS Offers Free HIV/STD Testing on World AIDS Day
DALLAS (Nov. 28, 2016) – In recognition of World Aids Day, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is teaming up with Aids Interfaith Network to raise awareness and improve HIV education by offering free testing for sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Through continuous efforts, DCHHS health officials are urging Dallas County residents to take advantage of this free opportunity to get tested for HIV.
“This event will allow us the opportunity to not only test individuals, but also to raise awareness,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “It is important for everyone to know their status, get educated about prevention and treatment and help eliminate stigma associated with the epidemic.”
In addition to free HIV testing, DCHHS will offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at no cost Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the following location:
• General Consulate of Mexico, 1210 River Bend Dr. Dallas, TX 75247 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Individuals can take charge of their long-term health by first knowing their HIV status,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. “As soon as an individual is diagnosed with HIV, they can begin managing the virus by receiving early intervention and treatment, and by living a healthy lifestyle.”