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Local organization spreads awareness for National HIV Testing Day

By ALLISON NORLIAN

 UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - National HIV Testing day is Friday, June 27 and ACR Health of Utica is spreading the message about getting tested. The goal is simple: to prevent the spread of HIV.

Their campaign is called "Take the test, take control." 
 
According to Melissa Swald Camman, an associate for ACR Health, one in five people don't know they have the disease. 
 
"I think it is a pervasive illness that has a lot of chronic complications if left untreated" Swald-Camman said. "I think that ACR is an agency that is about overall wellness and I think any community that resists addressing chronic illness will have a severe impact on community members."
 
The not-for-profit is also working towards ending the HIV stigma while promoting self-help. They want individuals to take control of their own health and get tested. 
 
There will be three testing locations for National HIV testing day. The first is taking place at ACR Health located on 401 Columbia St. from 9 a.m. until noon, then again at 1 until 3 p.m. The Hope House on 130 Eagle St. will also participate in free testing from 10 a.m. until noon. The public can visit the Cornerstone Community Church located on 500 Plant St. for HIV testing. Community members can get tested from 1 until 3 p.m.
 
An individual will experience a finger prick test. The results are completed within 15 minutes.

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