The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 26, 2013

HIV/AIDS testing offered Thursday

The Joplin Globe

— The Community Clinic, in partnership with the Joplin Health Department and the AIDS Project of the Ozarks, will be offering free HIV/AIDS testing from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The tests will be administered at the Community Clinic, 701 South Joplin Ave., on a first-come, first-serve basis and results will be ready within 15 minutes.  The test also will check for other sexually-transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.  

All testing provided by the Community Clinic is confidential.

“We feel that this is a very important service to offer our community,” Barbara Bilton, director of the Community Clinic, said in a statement. “With over 280 diagnosed HIV cases in Missouri, it is important that everyone get tested regularly. Because we already have great working relationships with the AIDS Project of the Ozarks and the Joplin Health Department, it was a natural fit to work with them to provide this service.”

National HIV Testing Day was founded by the National Association of People with AIDS in 1995.