ANCHORAGE, Alaska—National HIV testing day will observed June 27 and in Alaska there are a number of resources available for people to receive free HIV testing.
Alaskan Aids Assistance Association or Four A’s says the purpose of the testing initiative is to street the importance of HIV testing and maintain a healthy community.
“We tell them this is no longer a death sentence there are really good medications out there,” Alex Barros, Four A’s Prevention Coordinator, said. “We have a great agency here that will help them with emotional support that will link them to services that will provide them to everything from food to medical services.”
Wednesday’s event will take place at the Karluk Manor from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1104 East 5th Avenue.
Four A’s also provides free testing Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 102.
One in five or 21% of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Alaska, there have been 1,458 reported cases of HIV infection since 1982, according to the State of Alaska Epidemiology.
Free Year Round Testing Locations
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 102
Power Teen Center (Youth ages 13-19 ONLY)
700 West 6th Avenue
For resources located around the state, visit the Four A's website.