Local clinic offers free testing on HIV Testing Day
EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe (La Fe) will be providing free HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Thursday, June 27 at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus-Food Court Annex, officials announced.
The La Fe CARE Center’s HIV Testing and Education Team will be onsite to provide free HIV-prevention education and the OraQuick HIV Test, which is said to be the world’s fastest and most accurate rapid HIV exam.
The test requires only a tiny drop of blood from the patient’s fingertip to deliver a 99.9 percent accurate result in about 20 minutes. All event participants who take a free HIV test at next Thursday’s event will receive a free slice of pizza courtesy of Little Cesar’s Pizza.
Other El Paso-area health agencies will also be onsite providing education and testing services, including the City of El Paso’s Public-Health Department, ALIVIANE, the UT El Paso Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, and the Las Palmas Teens and Women’s Center, clinic organizers said.
La Fe’s HIV team will be happy to answer the public’s questions and provide prevention information in English or Spanish. All frontline HIV testing offered by the La Fe CARE Center is confidential and/ or anonymous. Texas law protects the right of anyone 13 years-of-age or older to request a free HIV test without parental permission.
“Taking an HIV test is the first, brave step toward taking control of your health and protecting those you love,” said La Fe Chief Executive Officer Salvador Balcorta, MSSW. “Prevention and early detection are the keys to stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS in our communities. It’s time to talk about HIV without fear or taboos — to our partners, our friends and family, and especially to our youth.”
For more information about this event or HIV/ AIDS prevention, testing, and resources, the public may contact the La Fe CARE Center’s HIV Testing and Education Department at (915) 772-3366 or 545-7183 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Details for the event are as follows:
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, June 27th, 2013
WHERE: El Paso Community College – Valle Verde Campus, Food Court Annex
919 Hunter, El Paso, Texas 79915