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VIRGINIA: Youths Take Free HIV Test in Public in NN


Daily Press (Newport News) (07.18.2013)

TeenAIDS-Peer Corps Founder John Chittick, recently set up impromptu HIV test centers using OraQuick kits in two locations in Newport News, Va. At City Center, one participant allowed Chittick’s HIV prevention advocacy group to videotape her test; another participant requested anonymity. TeenAIDS offers testing to anyone in the target age group of 24 and younger who wants it. The group provides information on how to find confirmatory testing and counseling to anyone who tests positive. Chittick also explained that his group would not record any test that was “starting to go positive,” but he would take aside any such individual for private consultation. When notified that they were on private property at City Center, the group asked to complete the test in progress and then moved on to the Doris Miller Center, their second site. Chittick’s methods of public testing and videotaping have caused concern in some cities, but so far no one has charged him with doing anything illegal.


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