For the last six months the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the news cycle, however there's another virus that is still an epidemic in the U.S. According to Iowa Department of Public Health, in 2019, there were 2,938 Iowans who were diagnosed with HIV and living in Iowa. There were 98 Iowans newly diagnosed last year.

Although HIV is non-curable, it can be treated and is preventable. It's important to for everyone to know your HIV status. The Black Hawk County Health Department is offering free rapid HIV testing in the Young Arena parking lot Friday, September 25th from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, September 26th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Get your results in one minute during this drive-through testing event. The first 50 people will receive a ten dollar gas card. No appointment is needed and it's all fast, free and confidential! For more information go to their Facebook page or call the health department at 319-291-2413.

Here's 4 important reasons why you should get tested from Help Stop The Virus.com
1. Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV
2. In the U.S., for every 7 people who have HIV, one person does not know it
3. Testing is the only way to know if you have HIV
4. No matter what your test results are, you can take steps to help protect your health

Courtesy - Black Hawk County Health Dept.
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