Thursday, June 15, 2017

Free HIV Tests in Columbia for National HIV Testing Day at Family First Health

On Wednesday, June 28th, Family First Health will offer free and confidential HIV tests from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Family First Health Columbia Center, 369 Locust Street in Downtown Columbia, as part of National HIV Testing Day. These tests are available to members of the community ages 13 and up and take only 10 minutes to complete after a quick finger prick. For more information or questions, please call 717-846-6776. HIV testing is recommended for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage people of all ages to “Test Your Way, Do it Today.” Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. Currently, one in seven people in the United States are not aware they are HIV positive and the only way to know if you are positive is to get tested. Finding out whether you have HIV is the first step to improving your health, the health of your partners and family, and the health of your community.

People who are HIV positive have unique needs and challenges in accessing medical care, case management and other services. Caring Together, a collaborative partnership of Family First Health and WellSpan Health, provides a seamless system of coordinated, high quality care for people who are HIV positive so they can easily access the services they need.

Clients or medical providers can contact the Program Manager, Rebecca Wilson, at 846-6776 Ext. 4855 to find out more information or to schedule an intake. Upon intake nurses will assess the client’s needs, schedule a medical appointment and contact other Caring Together team members who will provide other services as needed.

About Family First Health

Founded in 1970, York Health Corporation, now Family First Health, is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing a broad range of primary health care, dental care and social services at sites in Adams, Lancaster, and York Counties. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Family First Health offers a reduced fee program for the uninsured and accepts most other health insurances. For more information regarding the programs and services offered through Family First Health, please visit the Web site at Se habla espaƱol.

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