Residents encouraged to be tested for HIV

The Montgomery County Health Department is encouraging Montgomery County residents to learn about their HIV status on National HIV Testing Day which is Tuesday. The Montgomery County Health Department offers free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at their office located at 110 W. South Boulevard. 

 HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, makes it hard for your body to fight off disease and infection by weakening a person’s immune system and can progress to a severe condition called acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS.  HIV is most commonly transmitted through unprotected sexual behaviors and needle/syringe misuse. While there is no cure for HIV, it can be successfully managed through proper medical care. Getting tested and knowing your status is an important way that you can protect yourself and others from the spread of HIV.

“HIV is both preventable for those who don’t have it, and manageable for those who do,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “Everyone benefits from knowing their HIV status, but testing is even more important for those who engage in high-risk sexual behaviors or injection drug use. When you get tested, you aren’t just taking a step to protect yourself – you are protecting those close to you.”

For more information visit the Montgomery County Health Department website at www.montgomerycounty.in.gov/health and visit our Facebook page MontCoHealth.