Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Free HIV testing comes to 1604 Campus June 19

By Cindy Brockwell
Development Assistant, Office of Student Affairs

(June 16, 2006)--Free confidential HIV testing returns to the UTSA 1604 Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 19 at Student Health Services, Recreation and Wellness Center Room 1.500.

For the first time, testing will be open to the Bexar County public as well as to the UTSA community, according to Kathy Ceresoli, Student Health Services educator. Testing will be conducted on a walk-in basis by Hope Action Care.

Ceresoli said that in Bexar County in 2004, 505 individuals were newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, an increase of 32 percent in just one year. Additionally, nearly half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years of age and are killed by AIDS before they reach their 35th birthday.

Hope Action Care provides community health education, HIV antibody testing and other community services. HIV testing procedures include pre-counseling, a blood-draw test and post-counseling. Results will be available in two weeks.

For more information, contact Kathy Ceresoli at (210) 458-6428.

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