Louisville recognizes National HIV Testing Day

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jefferson Square Park was decorated in red today in honor of National HIV Testing Day.

Around 1,000 red ribbons adorned the park, each one representing a Jefferson County resident currently living with HIV.

Statistics show that nearly 1.2 million people living in the United States are infected and that about one in five of these people do not know they have HIV.

To encourage people to get tested, the Metro Public Health and Wellness unit was set up in the park today offering free HIV testing and quick results.

Those who were tested received results within 20 minutes.

Larry Clark, who currently lives with HIV, wants people to put their fear of getting tested aside, stressing the importance of doing so to one's health.  

"I strongly suggest that you do if you want to live. I went through the same fear when I got tested. I wanted to give up, but I kept waking up. God is good. The medications when I first got diagnosed was only one so I really applaud the people that was on the firing line for me and I've been on the firing line for 30 years."

 

 

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