Outreach group helps BX residents in high-risk areas get tested for HIV

Since health officials find that people are reluctant to get tested for HIV, one Bronx outreach group is doing it's best to change that statistic.

Bronx AIDS Services, a non-profit agency, is helping to fight the battle against HIV/AIDS by using a mobile outreach van to go out and test people in high-risk communities. In addition, a new grant from the Centers for Disease Control will allow clients to learn their HIV status in one visit. That is something Bronx AIDS Services will begin using soon, and all testing is free.

The city's Department of Health found that in 2003 the Bronx had the third highest rate of new HIV cases, with more than 530 people diagnosed.

For more information, call Bronx Aids Services at 718-295-5690.

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