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Sedgwick County Health Dept. offers free HIV tests

The county health department suggests that people get tested for HIV once a year. Today is National HIV testing day.

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"I was those people that was scared, I was frightful, fearful to come out and get tested," said Salisas Parms.

Because of that fear, experts say about 20% are living with the disease and don't even know it.

But Parms wants to know about her health."Every year I get tested just to know. I work at a job where I come in contact with a lot of bodily functions and sometimes you never know what you come into contact with."

As part of a nationwide push to get people aware about HIV testing. Sedgwick County is offering free tests today.

Beth Covarrubias, Sedgwick County Health Department Disease Intervention Specialist, said "we have the conventional test, it's the test that is done here in the arm, vein puncture."

There's even a rapid results test.

"It's a little bit of drawing your blood, a little finger stick here, and it's about a 10-15 minute test and you'll have instant results."

Parms said "sometimes you want to know the answer right then and there. so I'm very happy to get the rapid done."

That test is 99.8%accurate.

Covarrubias said, "when they find out that they are HIV positive, it's better for their health that they get started on medications and getting tested earlier than waiting a long period of time."

The county health department suggest people get tested at least once a year.

Parms said, "once you do it you feel pretty relieved and it's always just a good thing to know.


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