Martha Jefferson Hospital, Walgreens to Offer Free HIV Testing

Several organizations around Charlottesville want to make sure that you know your HIV status.

Thrive Healthcare is partnering with Walgreens and Martha Jefferson Hospital for National HIV Testing Day.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and there are nearly 50,000 new cases each year.

Thrive Healthcare wants to make sure that you are aware of your status, and ways to stay protected.

“There's still so much stigma around HIV that people feel uncomfortable getting a test,” says Peter Demartino, CEO of Thrive Healthcare. “In the Charlottesville area there are probably about 1,000 people living with HIV and about 250 people who aren't even aware that they are living with HIV, so we're still out there in the community trying to make sure that everyone knows their status.

On Friday, June 27, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center in the Jefferson School City Center will hold testing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walgreens will also be offering testing on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their store off of Route 29 and Profitt road.

The events are free and open to the public.

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