Know your status: Metro Health will offer free HIV testing Dec. 1

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 1.2 million people living with HIV. According to the most recent Metro Health statistics, in December 2009 there were 7,260 people living with HIV in Bexar Couty and 109,288 living with HIV in Texas.                                                                                  

But according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five people with HIV don't know they are infected and could be further spreading the disease. Community and health care leaders are using the momentum of World AIDS Day--December 1--to encourage people to get tested and know their status. 

Metro Health will offer free HIV testing on Thursday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonny Melendrez Community Center at Monterrey Park, 5909 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78237.

The effort is a partnership with the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and the Center for Health Care Services. Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Metro Health director, public health professionals and HIV/AIDS Organizations will present Information about the importance of knowing your HIV status to your health, and the community's well-being.

Read the Centers for Disease Control information about preventing HIV/AIDS.

Read about other local World AIDS Day Events.