York City officials are urging you to take a test.
In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, city health workers have scheduled a series of free opportunities for people to find out if they have contracted the virus that causes AIDS.
Tests will be administered from 8 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the Albert S. Weyer Health Center, 435 W. Philadelphia St. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be scheduled by calling (717) 849-2299.
Family First Health will offer free tests from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at its facility, 116 S. George St. And, finally, people can get tested between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Shiloh Baptist Church's residential house, 754 W. Locust St.
The tests administered at the Albert S. Weyer Health Center are conducted using oral swabs, said Linda Otero, the city's HIV/AIDS program coordinator. Results return in about 20 minutes, she said.
Oral swabs will also be used at the Shiloh Baptist Church site. Because the collected specimen require analysis at a lab, those results will take longer to return, Otero said.
The city health bureau offers HIV tests year-round. The tests are free and available to anyone, not just city residents.
In 2011, 29 York City residents tested positive for HIV, according to the state Department of Health.
That indicates a higher "positive" rate than the state average, Otero said, though that could be the result of an increased emphasis on testing.
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