AIDS? Get a Clue and #GetTestedCHS

Helen Mitternight



Hooray for Charleston! We’re always making those lists—most charming, top tourist attractions, most delicious food—oh, and top 20 for the number of AIDS cases in one year.


The Feds say one in seven people are living with HIV and don’t have a clue; it’s time to get a clue.


Next week (June 20-27) is National HIV Testing Week USA, and our friends at Lowcountry AIDS Services have stepped up their testing events so you have no excuse;  get tested if there is even the slightest chance you may have come in contact with a partner who was infected.


According to the Lowcountry folks, we Southerners make up only 37 percent of the country’s population, but we represent half of new HIV infections. Not the kind of overachievers we want to be.


Lowcountry offers its free HIV testing Monday through Thursday at its North Charleston office. Here are the extra testing events next week—and you don’t need an appointment:


June 20

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 7396 Rivers Ave.


June 24

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trident Technical College Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Ave., Rooms 212 and 214


June 24

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trident Technical College Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Room 246


June 27

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walgreens, 1861 Remount Road