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Where To Find Free HIV Testing For World AIDS Day (And After Too)

In this undated photo, a health worker draws blood from the finger of a study...

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Above: In this undated photo, a health worker draws blood from the finger of a study participant for an HIV test.

Listen to this story by Tarryn Mento.

County officials estimate just more than 1,400 San Diego County residents are living with HIV and don't know it. Those unaware they are infected are responsible for 40% of new transmissions in the U.S., according to the federal health agency.

Free HIV testing at UC San Diego

Monday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: UCSD Black Resource Center

Provided by UCSD Anti Viral Research Center's Good To Go Program

Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: UCSD LGBT Resource Center

Provided by Family Health Centers of San Diego

Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: UCSD Library Walk

Provided by UCSD Anti Viral Research Center's Good To Go Program

Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: UCSD LGBT Resource Center

Provided by Family Health Centers of San Diego

Full list of UCSD World AIDS Day (Dec. 2-6) events

UC San Diego is making free HIV testing more accessible to residents through Thursday to mark World AIDS Day, which took place on Dec. 1. The limited-hour clinics at various campus locations are part of a week of programming to mark the global event, but there are additional locations around the county that offer free or reduced-price testing year-round.

HIV can develop into AIDS if left untreated. Antiretroviral therapy and prevention medications have significantly reduced death and transmission rates in the U.S., but about 38,000 people were diagnosed with HIV last year and communities of color are disproportionately affected.

The Health and Human Services Agency issued an advisory in March that healthcare providers should offer routine testing to all patients. That policy, which was endorsed by the San Diego County Medical Society in August, falls in line with the county's Getting to Zero initiative to eliminate new transmissions in San Diego.

Besides the UC San Diego free testing hours this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts a map that identifies year-round locations where patients can receive free or reduced-price testing for a range of sexually transmitted conditions.

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About 10 percent of San Diego County residents living with HIV don't know it. Hear about free testing opportunities this week to mark World AIDS Day. Plus, tomorrow is "Giving Tuesday," a global movement that encourages people around the world to give donations, time, or goods to charities. If you’re looking to give, hear some tips on how to ensure ... Read more →

Aired: December 2, 2019 | Transcript

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Tarryn Mento
Health Reporter

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