ISU Meridian Health Science Center

Free Rapid HIV Testing offered on World AIDS Day Dec. 1

Nov. 8, 2011

More than 56,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An equally alarming statistic is the fact that more than 1,300 Idahoans are living with HIV or AIDS, and 21 percent of them have no idea they have the disease, said Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV and viral hepatitis educator.

On Dec. 1—World AIDS Day—Idaho State University Meridian students can get a free, confidential rapid test to screen for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The screening test, which involves taking an oral swab, is 98 percent accurate and takes about 20 minutes.  No blood sampling is involved.

“If the screen shows a reactive result, we will assist you in obtaining a free, confirmatory blood test. With new HIV medications available, it is important to identify the disease early in order to receive treatment and live a longer, healthier life,” said Thorne.

The CDC recommends people who’ve never had a test get one.

ISU-Meridian students can contact Thorne at (208) 373-1710 or to schedule a screening.


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