Claremont-area Granite Staters can get a free HIV and Hepatitis C test on Wednesday, February 23 at the TLC Family Resource Center.
Appointments and insurance are not required to get tested at the event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Gail Moeller, deputy program director at the TLC Center, says the tests take about 20 minutes. People who get tested at the event can log in with next steps to get treatment for any positive results.
It’s important the Granite Staters know their status, the sooner the better, she said.
“These doctors have great programs, and it just takes all the difficulty out of people getting into this treatment,” she said.
Treatment is getting better and easier for those who test positive, Moeller said.
HIV, a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, is transmitted primarily through sex or sharing drug preparation and injection equipment, such as needles or syringes. It is treatable through the use of antiretroviral therapy. Most people can control the virus within six months.
Hepatitis C, a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus, can also be transmitted through contact with blood, sharing needles or other equipment. In most people, hepatitis C can be treated with a 12-week course of medication.
Recovery coaches at the center, which provides resources for granite staters suffering from addiction, are also available to speak to anyone who walks in.
No appointment is necessary for testing, and the event will offer free food and gift cards.
The TLC Family Resource Center is located at 62 Pleasant Street in Claremont.
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