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Arlington Offers Free HIV and STD Testing Services

Arlington County offers several free testing services year-round.

In recognition of World AIDS Day on Saturday, Arlington County reminds residents of free services that the county offers for HIV and STD testing. 

About 1,400 people are living with AIDS in Arlington and about 900 have died, said Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes. She took the time Tuesday to remind residents that the county hosts walk-in HIV clinics twice a week — from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, visit the county's Human Services webpage.

One in five people who have HIV don't know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"To that end, we want to send the message today: If you believe you might be at risk, you should get tested. You should use protection and you should encourage your loved ones to get tested," Hynes said.

"The best thing you can do for someone you love is make sure they are tested — so they can get treatment if necessary."

For more information about AIDS, visit AIDS.gov.

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