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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Health Department to Offer Free STD Tests
By Matt Reinig
June 11, 2013
Hernando Today (Florida) (06.07.2013)

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Pasco World AIDS Day Committee, Inc., will collaborate with the Florida Departments of Health in Pasco and Hernando counties to offer free syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis A, B, and C testing. The Mobile Medical Van will provide testing in the Advanced Auto Parts parking lot at 15826 County Line Road in Spring Hill. No registration is required. The health departments will offer free giveaways, food, and resource information. Those tested will be eligible to win a free tire rotation and oil change. The health departments will fund the incentives. Nearly 1.2 million HIV-positive people live in the United States, and nearly one in five do not know they are infected. Almost 50 percent of persons with hepatitis A and hepatitis B report having no risk factors for the disease. Among persons with chronic hepatitis B infection, the risk for premature death from hepatocellular carcinoma or cirrhosis is 15 to 25 percent. Similarly, most hepatitis C-infected persons are unaware of their infection, because they are not clinically ill. Those who are newly-infected with hepatitis C usually either have a mild clinical illness or are asymptomatic. Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States, with an estimated 3.2 million persons chronically infected. Chronic hepatitis C infection takes place in 70–85 percent of hepatitis C-infected persons, and 60–70 percent of chronically infected persons develop evidence of liver disease, according to CDC. The safest way to avoid STD transmission is to abstain from sexual contact or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. For more information, call (727) 861–5250, extension 177.