NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY IS JUNE 23
PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to join California Assembly member Anthony J. Portantino and Dr. Eric Walsh of the Pasadena Public Health Department from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, to celebrate National HIV Testing Day at Mercantile Place in Old Downtown Pasadena, between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenue.
“We have made a lot of gains in management and treatment of HIV that has led to better health outcomes with individuals infected with HIV. Everyone has to know their status and the importance of testing. No matter how many strides we make, nothing will replace the importance of testing for HIV to end this epidemic,” said Dr. Walsh, the City’s Health Officer.
Thousands of Californians are unaware that they are living with HIV and that means thousands of people are not getting treatment and could be potentially infecting others.
HIV screening is important to identify those infected in order to get them into treatment to prevent further transmission of HIV. Getting tested for HIV is easy. This pain-free test will be administered by the Pasadena Public Health Department staff at no cost using a quick-result swab that provides results in 20 minutes. Old Pasadena merchants will provide “I Tested Card” discounts for all who take an HIV test.
For more information contact the Community Programs Unit at the Pasadena Public Health Department at (626) 744-6158 or at www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth.
A map of Mercantile Place can be found at http://mqvibe.mapquest.com/us/ca/pasadena/downtown/mercantile-place-fair-oaks/.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2012 – 030-012
Media Contacts: William Boyer, Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org , or
Angélica Palmeros, Pasadena Public Health Department, (626) 744-6158