City encourages HIV tests

December 1, 2008 2:29:46 PM PST
2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World Aids Day.In Chicago, a moment of silence was held Monday at the Center On Halsted, where city health officials urged people to get tested for HIV.

They say that since 2001, more than 1,000 people in Chicago are diagnosed with the virus every year.

"Knowing all that we know about HIV, it's method of transmission, its risks we are still behaving as if we don't know these things," said Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Public Health.

A list of area sites where you can undergo rapid oral h-i-v testing can be found at hivtest.org


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