National HIV Testing Day – June 27

Published: May 24, 2019

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. NHTD is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.

What Can You Do?

Get the facts. Learn about HIV, and share this information with your family, friends, and community.

Get tested. The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.

MAO offers FREE walk-in HIV testing at its clinic sites in Montgomery and Dothan during regular office hours, and, by appointment, at its Atmore location. To further increase testing convenience on June 27, 2019, MAO has joined forces with the national Greater Than AIDS campaign and Walgreens to offer testing at multiple Walgreens locations in South Alabama. Consider visiting any of the following locations on June 27th for your FREE, FAST, and CONFIDENTIAL HIV test.

Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) Locations (8:30 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 7:30 PM):

  • Montgomery, Alabama – 2900 McGehee Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36111
  • Dothan, Alabama – 1865 Honeysuckle Road, Ste. 2, Dothan, Alabama 36305

Alternative Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) Locations (Call 251-321-0818 for an appointment.):

  • Atmore, Alabama – 1321 South Main Street, Ste. 2, Atmore, Alabama 36502

Walgreens Locations (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

  • Walgreens Store #6843, located at 2281 E SOUTH BLVD MONTGOMERY, AL 36116
  • Walgreens Store #13111, located at 3574 MONTGOMERY HWY DOTHAN, AL 36303
  • Walgreens Store #10761, located at 1504 S MAIN ST ATMORE, AL 36502

If possible, consider visiting MAO’s 2900 McGehee Road location in Montgomery on National Testing Day between 2 PM and 7 PM. The first twenty-five (25) individuals to visit MAO’s Montgomery location between these hours, receives their first HIV test, and completes an anonymous onsite survey about their experience with stigma will receive a Regions Bank Gift Card. The Gift Card can be used anywhere.

MORE YOU CAN DO

Protect yourself and your partner. Today, we have powerful tools to prevent HIVand help people with HIV to stay healthy. If you have HIV, start treatment as soon as possible after you get a diagnosis. The most important thing you can do is take HIV medicine as prescribed by your doctor.

HIV medicine lowers the amount of virus (viral load) in your body, and taking it every day can make your viral load undetectable. If you get and keep an undetectable viral load, you can stay healthy for many years, and you have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV through sex to an HIV-negative partner. To make sure you keep an undetectable viral load, take your medicine as prescribed, and see your provider regularly to monitor your health.

There are many other actions you can take to prevent getting or transmitting HIV:

  • Use condoms the right way every time you have sex. Learn the right way to use a male condom or a female condom. Check out the condom locator to find condoms near you.
  • If you are HIV-negative but at high risk for HIV, take daily medicine to prevent HIV, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Use the PrEP locator to find a PrEP provider in your area. MAO can provide PrEP to those living in South Alabama communities. Call (800) 510-4704!
  • Talk to your doctor about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours and are not on PrEP.
  • Choose less risky sexual behaviors.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Get tested and treated for other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Never share syringes or other equipment to inject drugs (works).
  • Remember, abstinence (not having sex) and not sharing syringes or works are the only 100% effective ways to prevent HIV.

Get involved. The Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV is an HIV testing campaign for NHTD that encourages you to share how you get tested for HIV. Learn more about the campaign and join the conversation #DoingItMyWay.

You can also show your support by getting involved with MAO locally, including playing an active role in the annual Tread Red Walk & Fun Run event in Montgomery.