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Iowa City clinic offers free HIV testing


The Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City was one of the many places in the country offering free HIV testing this week.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control."

Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS.

That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.

The Emma Goldman Clinic joined the effort to help create awareness.  Normally, the test costs around $35.00 but can be adjusted based on income level.

Staff gathers a tiny blood sample from a finger prick and can process the results in less than twenty minutes.

"It's one little finger stick.  Now you know what your status is!" said Jaime Smith.  Smith is a health educator at Emma Goldman.

"Knowledge is power.  HIV isn't a death sentence anymore and we want people to know how easy it is to get tested."


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