PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Health Division encourages residents to get an HIV test on Tuesday, June 27 in observance of National HIV Testing Day. Tests will be offered at both Health Division locations, Southfield and Pontiac, anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis. This day is designed to motivate everyone to get tested, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment services. Those aware of their status can take steps to protect others and live longer, healthier lives with early treatment and care. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/
“Over a million people live with HIV in our country, but one in seven do not know they are HIV positive. I encourage residents to get tested to learn their status,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “Early detection of HIV can lead to early treatment and better health outcomes.”
The Health Division’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program provides confidential counseling and testing, referral services, and education. Rapid HIV testing is also available with same-day results. In addition, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program offers the free Linkage to Care Program that connects people living with HIV to medical care and helps the newly diagnosed receive support.
HIV testing is available at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield:
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34E, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes before close to ensure that the full array of services and testing options are available before your visit.
For more information about HIV testing and prevention, call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, visit www.oakgov.com/health, or find up-to-date public health information on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @publichealthOC.