ST. LOUIS – In recognition of Black HIV/AIDS Day, the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Williams and Associates Inc. and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will offer free STI and HIV screenings on Feb. 7. Screenings will take 15-20 minutes.

“When the HIV epidemic first started in the ‘80s, it was considered a death sentence,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, “but with the biomedical advancements made since then, it can now be treated much more like a chronic disease. However, before treatment can begin, people need to know they have it. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Testing is the key.”

LOCATIONS

Free STI and HIV Testing North Central Community Health Center (Buzz Westfall Room) 4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 63121 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 1114 North Sarah Street; St. Louis 63113 Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3737 N. Kingshighway Boulevard; St. Louis 63115 Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

City of St. Louis Department of Health; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1520 Market Street; 1st Floor Lobby; St. Louis 63103 Free Screenings for HIV and Educational Information