KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Health Department wants you to get tested for HIV and AIDS in recognition of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).
The test is quick; just a prick of a finger, and you will know on the spot if it is positive or negative. It takes about 20 minutes, is confidential, and everyone ages 13-64 is encouraged to take it.
"25 years ago when World AIDS Day first started, HIV and AIDS was literally a death sentence," said Marketing and Communications Director for the KCHD, Lisa LaPlante. "Today, we know that's not the case. Many people are able to live their entire lives with HIV or AIDS, and by being on the right medications, they're able to continue their lifestyles as they choose."
There are about 1,000 known cases of AIDS in Kent County, but 200-300 are estimated to have it but not know it.