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In D.C., National HIV Testing Day to Last a Week

Sunday, June 27th marks the 16th annual National HIV Testing Day, but this year, D.C.'s Whitman-Walker Clinic will be celebrating the occasion all week long. The extra effort is necessary in a town like D.C., where 3 to 5 percent of the population is estimated to have HIV. "Everyone should know their HIV status for themselves and their partners and their families," Dr. Raymond Martins, the clinic's chief medical officer, said in a statement. "[But] this year, we want to encourage people to not just get tested themselves but to pass along the message of HIV testing and prevention to those around them. Talking about this epidemic is one of the best tools we have to fight it."

Starting tomorrow, the clinic will offer free walk-in rapid testing in spots around the city. The test takes about 20 minutes; schedule is after the jump.

Friday, June 25:

· Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

· Greater Baden Medical Services, 5001 Silver Hill Rd., 2nd Floor, Suitland, Maryland, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Saturday, June 26:

· Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

· Giant, 1050 Brentwood Rd, NE, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

Sunday, June 27:

· “God’s People are Getting Tested” Initiative, Christ Lutheran Church, 16th & Gallatin Streets, NW, 12:00-3:00 pm.

· MLK Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, 1:00-4:00 pm

Monday, June 28:

· Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, 9:00 am-7:00 pm, and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

· Greater Baden Medical Services, 3028 Brightseat Rd., Glenarden, Maryland, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 29:

· Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

· Greater Baden Medical Services, 3028 Brightseat Rd., Glenarden, Maryland, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

· Gay Men’s Health & Wellness/STD Clinic, Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, 6:00 pm.

Photo via Trygve.u, Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

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