HIV testing offered Tuesday

Sunday is National HIV Testing Day, an initiative of the National Association of People with AIDS urging Americans who might be at risk to get tested.

For local residents, however, the observance comes two days later.

On Tuesday, the city’s Division of Public Health and Community Services will station its outreach van at the corner of Ash and West Hollis streets from 5-9 p.m. to offer confidential testing and counseling to anyone over 14.

The division also runs weekly clinics, on Mondays at 18 Mulberry St. from 1:30-3 p.m., and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. HIV counseling and testing is offered on Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m.

According to a press release from the city, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 850,000 and 950,000 Americans are living with HIV, and between 180,000 and 280,000 are unaware of their infection.

For more information, call 589-4500 or go to