Metro Phoenix clinics to offer free HIV testing

Jun 27, 2014, 5:00 AM | Updated: 5:00 am

PHOENIX — As part of National HIV Testing Day on Friday, several pharmacies and clinics are offering free tests to the public.

In 2012, more than 480 people in Arizona discovered they were HIV positive. Kit Kloeckl, executive director of the Aunt Rita Foundation, said getting tested goes a long way in slowing the spread of the disease.

“We know that if we could get every Arizonan tested and every Arizonan that is HIV-positive into care, the chances of those people transmitting the disease onto someone else drop by 96 percent,” said Kloeckl.

Too few people get tested for HIV, according to Kloeckl, who encourages people between the ages of 15 and 65 to get tested at least once in their life. He said those who are sexually active with multiple partners should get tested more often.

“Everyone should get tested,” he said. “We’re estimating here in Arizona that 40 percent of Arizonans have never had an HIV test.”

In an effort to reduce the number of untested people, several local organizations are offering free tests on the national awareness day, such as the Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS (1144 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix) and Prime Medical Clinic (3104 E. Indian School Road, Suite 110, Phoenix).

Four Walgreens pharmacies will also be providing tests on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Below is a list of locations that will provide free tests.

• 3402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
• 1825 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
• 7606 S. Seventh St., Phoenix
• 25073 W. Southern Ave., Buckeye

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)...

Crash blocks traffic on US 60/Grand Avenue in West Valley

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 60/Grand Avenue were closed in the West Valley after a wreck Monday afternoon.
13 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Chandler Police Department)...

Police lift shelter-in-place orders after domestic violence shooting in Chandler

Police lifted shelter-in-place and school lockdown orders that were issued after a domestic violence shooting in Chandler.
13 hours ago
Officer Morgan Bullis was released from the hospital on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Joseph Lopez was ...

Caller said suspect was ‘very agitated’ before Phoenix officer was shot

A caller said the man accused of wounding a Phoenix police officer last week was armed and appeared "very agitated" before the shooting, according to court records.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Madonna)...

Madonna adds 2nd show in Phoenix to Celebration Tour, returns in January 2024

Like a prayer answered, music icon Madonna is adding a second Phoenix show to her greatest hits global tour, six months after the first one.
13 hours ago
(Pxhere Photo)...

1 person critically wounded in shooting outside Scottsdale nightclub

One person was critically wounded in a shooting Sunday night at an Old Town Scottsdale nightclub, authorities said.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Board of Regents)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona public universities team up to research police, firefighter staffing shortages

Arizona’s three public universities are teaming up to help police and fire departments across the state to solve staffing shortages.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Metro Phoenix clinics to offer free HIV testing