Local organizations come together to fight against the HIV epidemic

Bay County Health Department provides free HIV testing
Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 11:07 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As part of National HIV Testing Day, the Bay County Health Department was at The Drag Me to Brunch of Bay County event at The House of Henry on Sunday.

The event was offering to test for HIV, Hepatitis-C and also administering COVID-19 vaccines.

Event organizers say anyone was welcome to stop by and get tested for free.

The Bay County Health Department Health Educator Chase Barrs tells us National HIV Testing Day is a way to encourage people to get tested and help end the HIV epidemic.

“We have got two great tools to help us end the H-I-V epidemic, that’s prep, so once you know your status if you are negative, we have ways to help you stay negative if you are ever at risk for that and then we also have treatment as prevention. The Florida Department of Health believes in science, not stigma and we do know that once a person becomes undetectable by taking their treatment that they cannot transmit the virus so we have those great tools and that is how we are working to end the epidemic,” Barrs said.

If you couldn’t make it to this event Sunday and you still want to get tested, the Florida Department of Health of Bay County offers HIV testing every Tuesday and walk-ins are welcome.

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