Get tested for HIV for free Monday

Posted at 7:15 AM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 08:37:40-04

MILWAUKEE -- Get the facts and get tested. 

That's the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on National HIV Testing Day, which is Monday.

Testing is the only way to find out if you're HIV positive. You can get free HIV tests from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday at either the MLK Heritage Center at 2555 N. Martin Luther King Dr., or the Isaac Coggs Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Dr.

According to the CDC, nearly 1.2 million people in the country are living with HIV, and one in eight doesn't even know it. In Wisconsin in 2014, nearly 7,000 people were reported with HIV or AIDS. There were 226 new cases of HIV diagnosed that year.

Milwaukee County accounted for 58 percent of those new cases. The CDC also says that roughly 1,125 people in the state aren't aware of their HIV infection.