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In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, health officials in Richmond and Henrico County are urging residents to get tested and learn about prevention methods.

The Richmond and Henrico health districts emphasize the importance of regular HIV testing and education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

“Your best reason for prevention is yourself,” says Bellamy Riley, health educator at RHHD. “Prevention isn’t always about what you do. Sometimes it’s about what’s happening in your community.”

RHHD offers HIV testing at its Cary Street, Henrico East and Henrico West clinics. Appointments can be made by calling (804) 205-3501. The health districts also offer testing at the Mosby, Gilpin and Southwood resource centers.

In addition to public health services, Walmart will offer free HIV screenings at select Richmond-area pharmacies starting Thursday, June 27. Three locations will offer this service: 5001 Nine Mile Road, Henrico; 2410 Sheila Lane, Richmond; and 12200 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 13% of people living with HIV in Virginia do not know their status. The theme for this year’s National HIV Testing Day, “Boost Your Self-Love: Check Your Status,” is intended to encourage getting tested as an act of self-care. Health officials emphasize that HIV testing should be part of regular health screenings and can be done in doctor’s offices, health departments, pharmacies and community organizations.

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