CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateBINGHAMTON, N.Y.: Free HIV Testing to Mark World AIDS Day
December 6, 2012
Fox 40 WICZ TV (12.03.12)
Planned Parenthood of South Central New York offered free, confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling on December 1, 2012, World AIDS Day. Results for the rapid tests were available 20 minutes after a nurse administered a finger prick test, and Planned Parenthood staff provided onsite counseling.
Director of Public Communications for Planned Parenthood of South Central New York, Ingrid Husisian, recommended that people who are sexually active have regular tests for HIV; knowing one’s status makes it possible for HIV-infected people to “stay healthier for longer.” The New York State Department of Health reported the following prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Central New York in December, 2010: 361 people in Broome County, 58 in Chenango County, 55 in Delaware County, and 60 in Otsego County. About 20 percent of people with HIV do not know they are infected.