10th Annual National HIV Testing Day: BR AIDS Society open 24 hours

Click image to enlarge (Source: Baton Rouge AIDS Society)
Click image to enlarge (Source: Baton Rouge AIDS Society)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control."

According to the Baton Rouge AIDS Society's website, Baton Rouge is currently ranked #1 in the country with the highest rate of AIDS cases. The website also states Louisiana is currently ranked fourth in the country for states with the highest rate of AIDS cases.

In the United States, someone gets infected with HIV every nine and half minutes.

The Baton Rouge AIDS Society is holding their 10th Annual National Testing Day with 24 hours of free HIV testing. It is happening today, June 27, 2014. Their doors opened at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will close at midnight Friday night.

They are located at 4560 North Blvd., Suite 100 in Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-923-AIDS (2437).

Thanks to the help of several community organizations and the Office of Public Health, hundreds of teenagers will be able to attend an upcoming teen summit to tackle some big issues.

In an effort to get their messages about violence, drug abuse and the spread of HIV out, organizers are changing up the format.

The summit will offer dramatic skits, panel discussion and even rap performances.

The teen summit will be held Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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