Eau Claire (WQOW) – June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and healthcare workers offered free HIV tests at an Eau Claire bar.
Thursday Scooter’s provided free tests from 9 p.m. to about 11. The tests are offered by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
The test is just a prick of the finger and a 20-minute wait for the results. According to officials, the test is most successful a month after the suspected contraction. And with AIDS treatments only getting better, experts said the sooner it’s caught, the better.
“If someone gets treated right away then they can actually be undetectable and what that means is that they’re taking treatment regularly, seeing a provider and the virus isn’t even able to be found in the blood,” said Abby Hinz, a public health nurse at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. “If they can’t find that virus through a test then you can’t transmit it to anyone else and you’re going to stay a lot healthier.”
If the tests come back reactive, then a blood pump will be needed, which will return results in two weeks.
Janel Hebert says the best methods to prevent contraction of HIV are using barriers like condoms and dental dams.
The CDC suggests that everybody from the ages of 13 to 64 should get tested at least once in their lives.