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Worried you might have HIV or another STD? Get tested for free

This 2008 photo shows a developer solution vial and test device for an oral rapid HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York. Clinics in the Treasure Valley will offer free HIV testing starting this Friday, through the last weekday of December.
This 2008 photo shows a developer solution vial and test device for an oral rapid HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York. Clinics in the Treasure Valley will offer free HIV testing starting this Friday, through the last weekday of December. AP

Treasure Valley health clinics are offering free testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases on Friday, which is World AIDS Day. Some clinics will keep offering the tests throughout December.

With the rates of STDs increasing in Idaho — about four such infections were reported last year for every 1,000 Idahoans, according to local health authorities — it’s a good time to get tested.

The Family Medicine Health Center will have free HIV screenings Friday at four of its clinics. You don’t need an appointment, but the tests are offered only during a two-hour period that day:

▪  777 N. Raymond St., Boise (10 a.m. to noon)

▪  121 E. Fort St., Boise (1 to 3 p.m.)

▪  2275 S. Eagle Road, Suite 120, Meridian (1 to 3 p.m.)

▪  708 E. Wythe Creek Court, Suite 103, Kuna (10 a.m. to noon)

More tests offered throughout December

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 29, the Central District Health Department will offer free STD testing.

Appointments are required.

▪  Call 208-327-7400 for appointments at the Ada County office, 707 N. Armstrong Place in Boise.

▪  Call 208-630-8002 for appointments in Valley County, at 703 1st St. in McCall.

▪  Call 208-587-4407 for appointments in Elmore County, at 520 E. 8th St. N. in Mountain Home.

The appointments include a visit with a CDHD clinician and testing for STDs such as HIV, Hepatitis C, gonorrhea and syphilis. The clinic may provide treatment at no charge, with referrals if longer-term treatment is needed.

Should you get tested? If you’re sexually active or you’ve shared equipment used to inject drugs, the answer is yes.

Want more detailed recommendations? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm.

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @audreydutton

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