GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - National HIV Testing Day is June 27. Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) will offer free HIV testing by appointment at all of its locations.
An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV or AIDS. Twenty percent of those do not know they carry the virus.
Planned Parenthood uses the Rapid HIV Test by Alere. According to the PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White, "It only takes a simple finger poke and about 20 minutes to get your results and the peace of mind that comes from knowing your status for sure."
PPWNM has locations in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Ionia, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Traverse City, Petoskey, and Marquette. Call 800-230-PLAN (7526) to be connected to your nearest Planned Parenthood health center to make an appointment.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all Americans ages 13 to 64 receive routine HIV testing, not just those considered high risk.