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HIV Cases Increasing in Anne Arundel County

In light of National HIV Testing Day, health professionals in Annapolis and Glen Burnie will be administrating free HIV tests.

Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be administering free HIV tests on National HIV Testing Day. File|Patch
Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be administering free HIV tests on National HIV Testing Day. File|Patch
An increase in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in Anne Arundel County has prompted local health officials to offer free tests for the virus that causes AIDS.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates over one million people are living with HIV, and one in five don’t even know it, according to a statement from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. In 2011, Anne Arundel County ranked fifth among Maryland districts for the highest percentage of newly diagnosed HIV cases.

In light of those statistics, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health will administer free HIV tests in Annapolis and Glen Burnie on National HIV Testing Day -- Friday, June 27 -- from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Department of Health is encouraging anyone who has ever shared needles, syringes, drug paraphernalia, had a sexually transmitted infection or sex with someone who had an STI, or unprotected sex to get tested.

Oral testing is done without a needle, and results will be available within 20 minutes.

The testing centers are:

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