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By Julissa W. Cuthbert

September 13, 2018

Florida Department of Health Offers Free Screenings 

Naples, FL.In recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, September 27th, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) and community partners will be offering FREE HIV testing.

According to CDC surveillance systems, gay and bisexual men, referred to as men who have sex with men (MSM), continue to be most severely affected by HIV/AIDS for all races. In the United States, new HIV diagnoses of MSM is over 44 times that of other men. MSM represent more than half of the people living with HIV in the United States (56%) and over two-thirds of all new HIV infections each year (70%).

Florida is among the top three states in the nation with the greatest newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection. In Collier County alone, we have over 1,700 cumulative reported cases of HIV/AIDS and 36% of those living with HIV in Collier County are MSM. For this reason, DOH-Collier is proud to announce the following FREE events recognizing National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. All sites will be offering FREE Rapid HIV testing with same day results.

For more information about these events, please contact:
DOH-Collier Naples: 3339 East Tamiami Trail, Building H; Call (239) 252-8593.
DOH-Collier Immokalee: 419 North First Street, Immokalee; Call (239) 252-7300
Marion E. Fether Medical Center: 1454 Madison Ave, Immokalee; Call (239) 658-3000
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc. 1425 Creech RD, Naples; Call (239) 262-0301

About the Florida Department of Health

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