Choice Family Healthcare recognizes World AIDS Day with push for testing

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 5:48 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Tuesday is World AIDS Day which is an opportunity to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic across the world. In Grand Island, Choice Family Healthcare is doing their part to test for HIV and AIDS. There are over one million people living in the United States with HIV and it is believed one in seven don’t know they have it.

“HIV does not discriminate. HIV is found in anyone in any color, any race, any sexual orientation, gender, everything. it doesn’t matter,” Education and Outreach Coordinator Misty Schaecher said.

They have free take-home tests or the in-person finger prick rapid test that is free of charge. Choice Family Healthcare suggests getting tested for HIV between sexual partners or at least once a year. It can also be found in drug users who share needles.

“It is definitely going down but we do still have people that are infected and people that don’t know they are infected,” Schaecher said.

Their methods focus mainly on prevention. If someone were to test positive for HIV there are many more treatments today that can help reduce symptoms or prevent the infection from spreading.

“A lot of times when people think of HIV and AIDS they don’t understand that HIV is an infection and aids in a condition and it can not be cured,” Schaecher said.

Learn more about Choice Family Healthcare’s fight against HIV/AIDS here.

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