BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor Kip Holden has proclaimed Thursday as "Baton Rouge HIV Testing Day."
He urges people to take advantage of free HIV testing that will be available at designated sites.
"Getting tested to learn your HIV status is an essential step to reducing transmission of new infections, obtaining treatment and maintaining good health outcomes;" Holden stated in a written release.
Free HIV testing will be available at the following five locations:
Smith-Brown Student Union, Southern University Campus, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Walgreens Store # 9860, 5955 Airline Highway, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington Street, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Avenue, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Baton Rouge AIDS Society, 4560 North Boulevard Suite 100, will offer round-the-clock testing.
Capitol City Family Health Center, which is located at 3140 Florida Street, offers free HIV testing Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
As of March 31, a total of 18,947 persons were living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, ranking it fourth nationally in AIDS case rates and No. 11 in the actual number of AIDS cases.
A total of 3,713 people were living with HIV/AIDS in East Baton Rouge Parish.