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The Sedgwick County Health Department will be offering free conventional HIV testing for World AIDS Day.

The screenings will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.

World AIDS day is an opportunity to unite in fighting HIV, to support those who are living with HIV, and to memorialize those who have died from HIV/AIDS.

The testings will take place at the Sedgwick County Health Department office located at 2716 W. Central. Participants can walk in or call 316-660-7300 to set up an appointment.

Sean Sandefur

Tomorrow marks National HIV Testing Day throughout the country. It’s estimated that 1.2 million Americans have the disease and about 14 percent of those individuals don’t know they’re infected. 

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.

The health department says more than 1.1 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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