In advance of tomorrow’s National HIV Testing Day, the CDC has announced a pilot program to offer free rapid HIV tests in drugstores.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans Tuesday to offer rapid HIV tests at drugstores in 24 cities and rural communities. The government is spending $1.2 million on the project.
The test involves a swab of the inside of the mouth and the results are ready in about 20 minutes. The CDC is already offering the free tests in seven drugstores and plans to expand to more locations this summer.
Health officials estimate that 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, but as many as 20 percent of them don’t know they carry the virus. [AP]
What a great idea! If this takes off, we can all build a trip to Duane Reade into date night: dinner, drinks, rapid HIV test, a night of straight raw-doggin it. (Just kidding, please never do that.) (This is very cool, though, I hope it happens.)