According to numbers compiled by the Western Colorado AIDS project, or Westcap, infection increases in the Grand Valley mirror similar trends in rural areas throughout the country.
The virus is showing up more in young people, especially women. Beginning Wednesday, Westcap, in association with the Mesa County Health Department, will be offering discounted HIV testing twice a month.
The Grand Junction non–profit group currently charges $100 for a rapid test, which draws less blood and gives same–day results.
On the second Friday of each month at the Westcap office, and the last Friday at the Mesa County Health Department, clients will be able to get the rapid test for $25.
Westcap Resource Coordinator Jeff Basinger says education is still the best resource for prevention, and the problem continues to affect all walks of life.
To ask questions, make an appointment, or a tax–deductible donation, contact Westcap at 243–2437.
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