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June 2019 - Pride and National HIV Testing Month sponsored by Macy's

 

AVOL Kentucky is partnering with CVS Pharmacy at 3097 Todds Road, Lexington KY 40509 from 2 PM to 6 PM on Thursday, June 20, during National HIV Testing Month. We will be offering free confidential HIV testing.

 

AVOL Kentucky is partnering with Walgreens all day on Thursday, June 27th for free confidential HIV testing at Walgreens Community Pharmacy at 389 Waller Avenue. Fun, games, giveaways! Be empowered, know your status! Organized by Walgreens, AVOL Kentucky, and Greater Than AIDS.

 

 Lexington Pride Festival: AVOL and Macy's will be out among all of the festivities at the Lexington Pride Festival, Thursday and Friday, June 28th and 29th, Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Fun, games, giveaways! Free HIV testing will be available. Be empowered, know your status! Join in all the fun LexPrideFest Organized by the PCSO with involvement from the entire community.

 

As always, we will offer walk-in testing at our 365 Waller Avenue location every Monday and Wednesday from 3 PM to 8 PM, and Thursdays from 3 PM to 6 PM.

 

About the test

HIV testing is simple, easy, free, and confidential. AVOL uses Clearview Complete and OraQuick rapid HIV antibody tests. These antibodies are a person’s natural response to the virus and typically develop between one to three months after infection. The tests take 15-20 minutes to develop so you will leave knowing your HIV status.

Why is testing Important?

Nearly 1 in 8 Americans with HIV do not know they are infected with the virus and these people account for nearly 1/3 of new HIV infections according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report. It can be almost impossible to tell if someone is living with HIV. A person can live many years without showing symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to take an HIV test. The CDC recommends anyone who is sexually active get tested annually.

Should I take the test?

Behaviors that put you at risk for HIV include vaginal, anal or oral sex without using a condom or sharing injection drug equipment with someone who has HIV. If you participate in any of these activities, you should be tested at least once a year. People who engage in regular high risk sexually activity or needle usage may benefit from more frequent testing.

How much does it cost?

HIV testing is completely free.

Do I have to make an appointment?

No, AVOL has walk-in testing hours every Monday and Wednesday from 3 PM to 8 PM, and Thursdays, 3 PM to 6 PM. If these times do not fit into your schedule then please call (859)225-3000 ext. 25 to set an appointment time.