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Lead the Way Honors National HIV Testing Day with Free HIV Testing, T-shirts

AVRC testing program provides free HIV testing at two San Diego locations
Lead the Way Honors National HIV Testing Day with Free HIV Testing, T-shirts

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SAN DIEGO (June 25, 2012) – One in five people living with HIV do not know they are infected. To help reverse that trend, Lead the Way is offering free, confidential HIV tests on National HIV Testing Day.

On Wednesday, June 27, Lead the Way will be providing free, confidential HIV tests from 9:00am to 3:00pm at MOMS Pharmacy (3940 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103) and from noon to 8:00pm at Lead the Way (3830 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103). Anyone who tests at either location will also receive a free Lead the Way t-shirt.

“We hope that San Diegans understand that getting tested is an important opportunity to support the overall health of their community,” said Susan Little, MD, professor of medicine in UC San Diego’s Division of Infectious Diseases and head researcher of Lead the Way. “The ultimate goal is that everyone gets tested and those who need treatment receive it, so we can significantly curb the spread of HIV.”

ABOUT NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27, was established by the National Association of People with AIDS in 1995. It is an annual observance to promote and increase HIV testing around the U.S., so that more Americans know their status.

ABOUT LEAD THE WAY

Lead the Way is the nation’s first comprehensive test and treat model for HIV prevention and is a research program of the UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center. The study aims to find out whether or not people will test for HIV if the test is made readily available in the 92103 and 92104 zip codes of San Diego. Testing 10,000 adults in the two communities is the first step in a multiple-year project to demonstrate that, with appropriate testing and HIV treatment, HIV can be controlled within a community.

Since Lead the Way began in May 2011, over 1,300 people have participated in the study. To date, UCSD has identified more than twice the number of new HIV infections per year than it did in the year preceding the launch of Lead the Way.

To learn more about Lead the Way, visit www.leadthewaySD.com or call (619) 543-9340.

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