Health Department Encourages Residents to Know Their HIV Status


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

June 21, 2006

Health Department Encourages Residents to
Know Their HIV Status

In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day on Tuesday, June 27, the Fairfax County Health Department reminds everyone that free, confidential HIV blood testing is available at its five district office clinics year-round. HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a significant number of HIV-positive people do not know their status and testing is the only way to find out, which is why we recommend everyone get tested,” said Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., health director. “There are significant benefits to being tested, such as the opportunity for education about risk prevention and early diagnosis and treatment, which can dramatically improve health status.”

Confidential blood testing is offered on a walk-in basis at the Health Department’s five district office clinics (listed below). Anonymous blood testing, in which a number identifier is used in place of a name, is available at the Joseph Willard Health Center in Fairfax City. Clients are asked to return in two weeks for test results. If results are positive, they receive additional counseling and are referred to appropriate health care providers. Those with negative results receive education about behaviors that put individuals, and the community, at risk. Results of both confidential and anonymous testing are never given by phone.

Testing Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to noon. HIV testing is not performed on Thursdays.

Clinic Sites
Herndon-Reston District Office
1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA 20190
703-481-4242, TTY 711

Falls Church District Office
6245 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500
Falls Church, VA 22044
703-534-8343, TTY 711

Mount Vernon District Office
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233
Alexandria, VA 22309
703-704-6100, TTY 711

Springfield District Office
Cary Building, First Floor
8136 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22152
703-569-1031, TTY 711

Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-246-7100, TTY 711
Also at Joseph Willard: Anonymous blood testing, in which a number identifier is used in place of a name, is available Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Approximately 22,000 people in Virginia are living with HIV, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The rate of infection increases each year and the disease is taking a devastating toll on people of color, disproportionately in women. Of the 875 new HIV cases reported to the state health department in 2004, 55 percent were African-American, 34 percent were white and the remaining were of other races. Still, nearly one-third of all reported cases were female. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.

For more information, call the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2411, TTY 703-591-6435, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd.

 

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