Residents receive free HIV tests, hot meals

Bronx residents received free HIV tests and hot meals today as part of World AIDS Day.

Woodycrest United Methodist Church and Citiwide Harm Reduction, a non-profit organization that does rapid HIV testing across the borough, teamed up to get more people tested in the Bronx.

Residents who got tested received a MetroCard and a $10 coupon to Subway.

According to the New York State Health Department, the South Bronx has the highest number of AIDS-related deaths in the city. A report also shows that 22,542 people were living with HIV and AIDS in the borough as of Dec. 2008.

There are free HIV tests at the Citiwide Drop-in Center on 144th Street and at most hospitals across the borough.

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