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Free HIV tests offered in Amarillo

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Amarillo is one of 54 cities taking part in a National HIV testing campaign until Saturday, June 29.

Free HIV Tests will be offered at Walgreens on Amarillo Boulevard and Fillmore Street on Friday, June 28, from 3 to 7 and again on Saturday, June 29, from 10 to 3.

"We want to try and get people in the habit of getting tested routinely," said Floyd Anthony, the HIV/STD Prevention Program Coordinator for the City of Amarillo. "Wether you're sexually active or not, you should know what your HIV status is."

Nearly 70,000 people in Texas are known to have HIV and it's estimated nearly one out of every five of those people is living with it, but doesn't know it yet.

"Those numbers that we know are those that have been tested. But there are so many others that don't know their status, haven't gotten tested and are now spreading this virus," Anthony said.

The test consists of a simple mouth swab. Results are available within 20 minutes.

Colleen Nelson, NewsChannel 10.
 
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