6-27-11: National AIDS Testing Day

6-27-11: National AIDS Testing Day

June 27, 2011

It’s National HIV-AIDS Testing Day. And it’s the first once since new research suggesting that early treatment can stop the spread of the virus. Can a “treatment as prevention” approach turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic?

Today, Sheilah discusses the prospect with Derek Spencer and Robert Redfield. Dr. Redfield is co-founder and director of research and clinical care at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology. Derek Spencer is a nurse practitioner and the executive director of a treatment outreach program called the JACQUES Initiative.

This conversation went on much longer than we had time for, and it’s good stuff. Hear the whole thing here [30:35]:

There is free HIV testing all over Baltimore tomorrow from 11am to 7pm at the following locations:

Bioscrip Pharmacy
6 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Central Church of Christ
4301 Woodridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21229

East Assembly of God
7923 Wise Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21222

Garden Community Church at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary
1642 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

La Esperanza Center
430 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

St. Matthews U.M.C.
416 E. 23rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

St. Ambrose Family Outreach Center
3445 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Tests are delivered by mouth swab–no needles or blood taken. Results take 20 minutes, and participants get a free boxed lunch after they receive results.

Learn more about Project SHALEM here.

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