PANAMA CITY Fla. - In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th Basic of NW Florida will have testing all day from 8 am to 8 pm. There will also be free food for those going to get tested.
"We have different people coming out. We have Starbucks coming out, bringing coffee for our morning testers. And we've also gotten donations for the afternoon testers, where we'll do incentives and feed lunch for everyone who comes out and tests," said Alexandria Johnson a Prevention Specialist for Basic of NW Florida.
The first step in preventing HIV is to know your status and get tested.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently 468 people living with HIV in Bay County.
The President and CEO of Basic of NW Florida, Valerie Mincey explained that HIV does not discriminate, "There is no look to HIV. We still deal with the mis- and misconceptions of HIV. Get tested. That is the one true way. Do it for yourself. We can test any individual 13 years and up."
Testing is free and very simple. It's just one finger prick, and 20 minutes later you find out if you have HIV.
According to the Bay County Health Department, last year more than 340,000 HIV tests were conducted throughout Florida.
Data from the CDC shows a steady decline in HIV diagnoses across America since 2008.
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