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Free HIV testing for Hoosiers

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More than 10,000 Hoosiers are living with HIV, and one in five people who have the virus don't know it. To help curb that, some local organizations are hosting free testing events.

It's in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday.

In Evansville, the AIDs resource group, better known as ARG, provides free testing year round. They're funded by the State Department of Health.

A prevention specialist says getting tested is quick and easy. It takes about 20 minutes to get the results and all that's used is a mouth swab. He says people can't be afraid of the stigma.

"Greater than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV," says Matthew Zielske. "It's not a virus or an illness that's going away. And so at the very basic, grassroots level it's necessary for us to continue prevention efforts. And continue testing high-risk demographics and really testing everyone and anyone"

Again, the test is free but they do ask that you call ahead. 

Their office is located in the Old Vanderburgh Court House. 

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