In observance of the National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, public health officials locally and nationwide urge everyone to get the facts, get tested and get involved. The Harford County Health Department will offer anonymous, confidential, no-cost HIV testing on a walk-in basis from 9am to 3pm at the Health Services office located on the top floor of 1 North Main Street in Bel Air.
Cindy Dawson, RN, Director of the Harford County Health Department Health Services Division, reminds the public that, “Knowing one’s HIV status helps individuals choose options to stay healthy while also helping keep themselves and others safe. If you think you might have been exposed to HIV, get tested since people living with HIV without receiving treatment may not experience symptoms of AIDS for ten or more years. This includes any individuals who have never been tested, have had any type of unprotected sexual contact or shared a needle for any reason in their lifetime.”
The Health Department performs “rapid” HIV antibody tests that produce results within 30 minutes. Getting appropriate care and medical management for HIV disease allows many individuals to lead full lives, working and raising their families.
In addition to providing testing, the Health Department offers numerous other services free of charge to individuals and families living with HIV, including medical care for those who qualify. For additional information, contact the Harford County Health Department Division of Health Services at 410-638-3060 or visit the Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.