Whatley Health Services offers free HIV testing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) – An agency is ready to help people make a difference when it comes to a disease affecting multiple communities in western Alabama.

Monday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. and the people who work at Whatley Health Services want people in the Tuscaloosa area to know what their HIV status is. That’s why it offers a series of things to entice people to come to their main office in Tuscaloosa and get tested for the HIV test for free.

The annual Ready, Set, Prep Gathering at Whatley Health Services begins later this afternoon. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at Whatley’s main office on MLK Junior Boulevard across from Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy.

Marquetta Campbell is Program Manager for Infectious Diseases at Whatley Health Services. She said they can offer people a range of services to help them manage HIV. But they must be willing to get tested and know their status first.

“We encourage everyone to know their status. We encourage everyone to get out there and get more information on HIV prevention. We also hope to reduce stigma in our community around HIV,” Campbell explained.

Vouchers for free food from the Catch A Taste restaurant will be offered to the first 100 people who enter and get tested. There will also be giveaways and live music.

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