Illinois residents encouraged to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Day

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging residents to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Day on June 27.

IDPH officials say they will host two events to raise awareness about HIV and knowing your HIV status.  The first event will be held on June 26 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, and the second event will be held on June 27 at 2300 Taylor Avenue in Springfield.  Both events will be free and open to the public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in seven people who are living with HIV are unaware of their infection.  CDC officials also say more than 37,000 people in Illinois were living with HIV as of December 31, 2014, and that 1,800 new cases are diagnosed each year.

IDPH officials say residents have several ways to access free, confidential HIV testing.  We've included some of those options below:

- Call (800) 243-2437
- Text IL and your zip code to 36363
- Visit idph.riproad.com

To learn more about resources offered by IDPH, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/aids/default.htm.
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