LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville public health officials are offering free HIV testing on Monday.

Testing will be done at the headquarters of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. It’s in observance of National HIV Testing Day.

Dr. Joann Schulte, the Metro Public Health and Wellness director, says nearly one in eight people are living with HIV and don’t know they have it. Schulte says knowing your HIV status is a step to a healthier life.

The free testing will be done from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. It will be done using an oral swab method, which does not require a blood stick. Officials say test results will be available within 20 minutes. Testing requires that people not eat, drink or chew gum for 20 minutes before the test.

 

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