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UTSA offers free HIV testing, concert, health fair

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 22, 2007)--UTSA Student Health Services will offer free confidential HIV testing as part of the "Getting In the Know" concert and mini-fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 27 at the Convocation Center west lawn on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The National HIV Testing Day initiative is sponsored by the student organization SHADES (Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drug Education for Students).

The event will feature live performances by local bands The Royal Kustoms and The Conflict. Community agencies will be on hand to provide information on HIV prevention and sexual health, and Costco will provide beverages.

Testing will be provided by the Metro Health and Community Clinic. Testing is by a simple finger-prick method with results available in approximately 20 minutes.

In 2004, 505 individuals in Bexar County were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, an increase of 32 percent in one year. Almost half of those with HIV become infected before age 25, and at least one-fourth of those who are HIV positive do not know it.

This year marks the 13th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day when at-risk individuals are encouraged to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. The UTSA SHADES program is dedicated to providing information about health, alcohol and drug issues facing college students to enable them to make educated choices.

For more information, contact Howaida Werfelli at (210) 458-6428.

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