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NKY Health Dept. offering free HIV testing

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering free HIV testing in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7.

Two methods of testing are available: blood and rapid oral swab. Blood tests are done with a needle; the rapid oral swab test takes a sample of fluid and tissue using a small, flat brush inserted in the mouth and rubbed against the gums above and below the teeth.

Tests are either confidential or anonymous. A confidential test means the results are entered onto your medical record and require your name, address and social security number. Written documentation of testing from a blood test may be provided upon request for the person who was tested. An anonymous test means the results are known only to you. No documentation can be provided with an anonymous test.

Both types of tests will include pre and post test counseling to discuss your risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, how to avoid acquisition or transmission of HIV and what to do should you test positive for antibodies to HIV.

The tests are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the following locations:


    Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky.
    Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky.
   
Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky.
    Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky.

More information is available at nkyhealth.org.

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