The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be developing a model for pharmacists and nurses to be able to detect the HIV virus.
That means free HIV testing will be coming to a Walgreens near you soon!
The CDC said:
"Our goal is to make HIV testing as routine as a blood pressure check. This initiative is one example of how we can make testing routine and help identify the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are unaware that they are infected."
The CDC has estimated that over one million Americans have the HIV virus but almost 20% of them have no idea.
That's terrifying news.
More great news in the fight against AIDS is that the FDA is currently deciding whether or not to approve an over the counter test that could be taken at home!
"Because Walgreen's does a variety of testing there is no stigma basically associated with coming here. You could be getting a cholesterol test or an HIV test - it's the same clinic room for all of our testing and immunizations. It's very private."
What a great idea!
Remember, knowledge is the key to health.
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