2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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June 19, 2014        Print version


Free HIV Testing Available June 27th
National HIV Testing Day

Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD announced free HIV testing for individuals who live or work in Dutchess County on June 27th, National HIV Testing Day.

“Anyone who is unaware of their HIV status, should ‘Take the Test and Take Control’ for the betterment of their health,” said Reiber.  “Testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases helps individuals to get treatment quickly, as well as information on how to protect themselves from becoming infected.” 

Dr. Reiber noted that while the incidence of AIDS is going down, the number of new HIV infections has not decreased in recent years.  According to the most recent estimates from NYSDOH AIDS Institute and Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, there were more than 350 individuals in Dutchess County living with AIDS and nearly 250 more were living with HIV in 2011.  On average, there are 17 individuals newly diagnosed with HIV each year (70% males and 30% females).

“The increase we are seeing in the number of new HIV cases among women of child-bearing age is of special concern,” said Reiber.

In addition to their normal clinic schedule, the Dutchess County Department of Health (DCDOH) will be hosting a special free Walk-In HIV Testing Clinic in honor of National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  The clinic is located in Suite 109 at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.

Additional adult screening and testing services will also be available at that time.  While appointments are not necessary, individuals who would like to secure one may do so by calling (845) 486-3535. 

All HIV testing is free and confidential.  Anonymous testing is also available.  Rapid tests are used, so results are available within the same visit.  


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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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