Sedgwick County plans to offer free HIV testing

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Sedgwick County Health Department plans to offer free HIV tests this week as part of National HIV Testing Day.

The procedures will be offered Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the department’s main clinic in Wichita.

National HIV Testing Day began in 1995 to promote testing and early diagnosis. This year’s theme is “Take the Test, Take Control.”

The health department says more than 1.14 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, with about one in five unaware of being infected. The agency says people in treatment have a 96 percent reduction in transmission rates.

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