Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - Their goal is getting to zero and in support of that effort the Western Colorado Aids Project or WestCAP offered free walk-in HIV testing on Monday.
The free testing coincides with World Aids Day, which was December 1ST. This year’s theme "Getting to Zero", is a charge to having "zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero aids - related deaths."
This past decade there has been a 50 percent drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries. Officials at WestCAP say it's important to get tested.
"We know that a person who is aware of their status can get into medical care, something we can assist with and the sooner a person gets into treatment, whether its medication or simply taking care of themselves, the longer and higher their quality of life," says Rabeeha Ghaffar, Resource and Prevention director.
There is usually a small fee to get tested, but WestCAP says they will not turn away anyone who needs or wants to get tested. For more information you can go to WestCAPs webpage at www.westcap.info