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June 26. 2013 10:33PM

City to pay people to get tested for HIV

NASHUA — As part of National HIV Testing Day, $10 gift cards will be offered today to anyone who is tested for the disease at two different sites in the city.“We will be handing out $10 gift cards for Walmart or Market Basket. This is the first year we are really making a big campaign out of this,” said Christine Villeneuve, nurse manager for the city’s Division of Public Health and Community Services.

Anyone interested in being tested for HIV is encouraged to visit the city’s mobile outreach van from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 28 Railroad Square, the Laton House.

Testing will also take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the city’s health department, 18 Mulberry St.

All testing is free of charge, according to Villeneuve, who said the procedure takes about 20 minutes. Including registration, however, the entire process could be about 45 minutes.

“Hopefully we can reach somebody that needs our help,” she said.

Today’s initiative is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Know Your Status campaign.

For more information, call 589-4500.

In addition to this one-time free HIV testing event, the city’s Division of Public Health and Community Services conducts weekly STD/HIV clinics from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday.khoughton@newstote.com


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