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Tampa Bay area health departments offering free HIV testing on Thursday

Posted: 10:20 AM, Jun 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-27 06:26:28-04
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TAMPA, Fla. — Thursday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This is the 25th year health departments across the county are observing the day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis.

Officials say about 135,000 Floridians were living with HIV in 2017 with 18,000 unaware they are HIV-positive

"To see these numbers come down in our state, we need to recognize the role of stigma as a barrier to getting tested," said Laura Reeves, HIV/AIDS Section Administrator. "Normalizing HIV testing and making sure there's a testing option that works for everyone is one way to reduce stigma."

The Florida Department of Health in seven Tampa Bay area counties is giving people a no-cost way to learn their HIV status within minutes on Thursday.

CITRUS COUNTY

Citrus Health Department
3700 W. Sovereign Path
Lecanto
1 - 4 p.m.

HERNANDO COUNTY

HIV testing by appointment
Call 352-540-6800

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

University Area Health Center
13601 N. 22nd St.
Tampa
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Includes testing for no-cost testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and no-cost hepatitis A and HPV vaccines.

Specialty Care Center
1105 E. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Includes testing for no-cost testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and no-cost hepatitis A and HPV vaccines.

MANATEE COUNTY

Manatee Health Department
410 6th Ave. E.
Bradenton
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PASCO COUNTY

The Asylum Nightclub
6153 Massachusetts Ave.
New Port Richey
3 - 9 p.m.
Includes no-cost testing for hepatitis C and no-cost hepatitis A vaccines

PINELLAS COUNTY

St. Petersburg Health Department
205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
St. Petersburg
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pinellas Park Health Department
6350 76th Ave. N.
Pinellas County
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mid-County Health Department
8751 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Clearwater Health Department
310 N. Myrtle Ave.
Clearwater
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tarpon Springs Health Department
301 S. Disston Ave.
Tarpon Springs
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

POLK COUNTY

Auburndale Health Department
1805 Hobbs Rd.
Auburndale
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bartow Specialty Care Clinic
1255 Brice Blvd.
Bartow
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Haines City Health Department
1700 Baker Ave. E.
Haines City
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lakeland Health Department
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Walgreens
311 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, please call 1-800-FLA-AIDS or visit KnowYourHIVStatus.com.