Tompkins County Health Department

The following is a republished press release from the Tompkins County Health Department and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact us at tips@ithacavoice.com. 

Have you been tested for HIV? June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and it serves as an important reminder to know your status. Nationwide, about 1 in 8 people who have HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), do not know. By getting tested, you can keep yourself and your community healthy by decreasing the risk of transmission.

The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once, as part of routine health care. With HIV, the only way to know for sure is to get tested. There are community resources available for testing and information. You can get a fast, free, anonymous HIV test at the Tompkins County Health Department. Call 607-274-6604 to schedule your appointment today.

The Tompkins County Health Department “Talk. Test. Treat.” campaign reminds everyone to:

  • Talk to your partner about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV, before you have sex.
  • Test for STIs if you are sexually active.
  • Treat right away if you test positive for an STI.

Confidential, free or low-cost STI education, testing and treatment can easily be accessed at various locations throughout the county, including Planned Parenthood, Southern Tier AIDS Program, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and local area private providers. For a complete list of testing sites and contact information, please visit our website at tompkinscountyny.gov/health/std, or call (607) 276-6604 for more information. Follow us on facebook at: facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth/.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.