HIV testing to be offered Monday at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

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A recent public health survey revealed 66 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Walla Walla County, and 33 of those are living with the disease now.

Testing for HIV continues to be an important factor is dealing with AIDS, said Jill Dickey, program director of Walla Walla-based Blue Mountain Heart to Heart. The agency plans a round of testing Monday at its Eastgate office.

At the end of 2008, about 1,078,000 people in the U.S. had been diagnosed with AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, according to AVERT, a national AIDS charity organization.

Those in Walla Walla and Columbia counties living with Hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS are able to receive case management and support services, including free and anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C counseling and testing through Blue Mountain Heart to Heart.

On Monday, testing will be offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the agency's office, 2316 Eastgate St, Suite 105.

The HIV tests are oral swabs, and results will be given to people who are tested in approximately seven business days.

Food and beverages will be available as well, Dickey said.

For more information call 509-529-4744.

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