June 27: Free Rapid HIV Testing for National HIV Testing Day @ Cascade AIDs | Free, All Day, Drop In, Results in 20 Minutes

From press release:
Free Rapid HIV Testing
for National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2013
All Day | Free
More info: testing4all.org

Two locations: Cascade AIDs
208 SW 5th, Suite 800, Portland
& Pivot 209 SW 4th, Portland

Cascade AIDS Project will mark National HIV Testing Day this Thursday, June 27, by offering free rapid HIV testing throughout the day at its main office, 208 SW 5th, Suite 800, and Pivot 209 SW 4th drop-in locations. This year is the 19th Annual National HIV Testing Day in the United States and provides a crucial opportunity for individuals to do their part in preventing the spread of the virus by finding out their HIV status. While more than 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV, one in five of these individuals does not know they are infected. Here in Oregon and SW Washington, 7,500 people are estimated to be living with HIV and 1,500 of these individuals don’t know they are infected.

Michael Anderson-Nathe, CAP’s Director of Prevention and Education services said, “HIV/AIDS-related stigma still presents significant barriers to ending this epidemic. The more people get tested, learn their status, and then talk about getting tested, the more we chip away at stigma and the closer we get to an AIDS-free generation.”

Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that everyone aged 15 to 65 should be screened for HIV infection. Testing is also recommended at least annually for individuals at increased risk—such as gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, and/or people with multiple sex partners. With early diagnosis, people who test positive for HIV are able to take steps to protect their health and reduce their risk of passing on the virus to others. Statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that HIV-positive individuals who know their status and are on effective drug treatment, can reduce their risk of transmitting HIV by 96%.

Rapid HIV testing is simple and provides results in about 20 minutes from a small drop of blood taken from the finger. Testing is available both confidentially (using a name) and anonymously. On Thursday, June 27, free testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00am to 8:00pm at Pivot (209 SW Fourth Avenue). Additionally, CAP’s regular walk-in testing from 10:00am to 4:00pm (208 SW 5th, Suite 800) will also be free that day. Spanish language testing services will also be available throughout the day.

Cascade AIDS Project offers testing in a wide variety of locations throughout the Portland-Vancouver metro area. Additionally, as part of its new 20 Minutes to End AIDS campaign, people can go to the www.testing4all.org website to reserve an appointment during normal walk-in testing hours at CAP’s downtown office Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm.

About Cascade AIDS Project
Incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.

With a staff of 61, and a volunteer corps that includes over 800 individuals providing more than 29,000 hours of service each year, CAP manages a diverse array of programs and an annual budget of $6.1 million. Fifteen percent of CAP’s staff are individuals living with HIV, 25% identify from communities of color, and 30% are bilingual. Our programs serve the broad and diverse set of communities impacted by HIV, from community-specific programs focused on teens, Latinos, the gay community, individuals and families living with HIV, to the thousands of individuals throughout the state who seek education though our AIDS/STD hotline each year. A committed 19-member volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to ensure CAP accomplishes its mission and continues to operate with integrity and transparency. www.cascadeaids.org.