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The Southern Arizona Aids Foundation to offer free HIV testing on June 27, 2014

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As part of the 20th annual National HIV Testing Day, the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF) will be offering confidential HIV testing on Friday, June 27, 2014. Testing will be available at SAAF's main location at 375 S. Euclid Avenue, as well as a number of other locations around Tucson (see list below) between 8:00am and 8:00pm. The test is quick, free, and open to the public.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is the precursor to a disease known as AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are currently more than one million Americans living with HIV. Of those infected, one in four are women. In fact, 20% of all new infections during 2010 were found in heterosexual women.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists early symptoms of HIV infection as diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, mouth sores, muscle stiffness, rashes, sore throat, and swollen nymph nodes. However, it isn't uncommon for early HIV infection to show no symptoms at all. Often, HIV infection is discovered only through a routine blood test. This is why the CDC recommends everyone between 13 - 64 years old be routinely tested for HIV as part of their regular medical exam. Early diagnosis can not only help prevent the spread of infection, but it also enables treatment to begin as soon as possible.

For more information on HIV and AIDS testing and treatment in the Tucson, Arizona area, contact the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation at (520) 628-7223 or go online to www.saaf.org.

Additional testing locations:

IBT's

616 N. 4th Avenue

4:00pm - 9:00pm

Tucson Indian Center

97 E. Congress Street

11:30am - 2:30pm

Walgreens

Grant/Swan

3:00pm - 7:00om

Walgreens

605 W. Ajo Way

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Wingspan - EON Youth Lounge

430 E. 7th Street

3:00pm - 8:00pm

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