Wednesday, October 6, 2010

D.C. brings HIV testing to the DMV

From the Washington Post, by Nikita Stewart

As of Tuesday this week, getting tested for HIV in the District will be as easy as renewing a driver's license.

In what District officials say is the first effort of its kind in the nation, the city will partner with a nonprofit group to offer free HIV testing at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Penn Branch in southeast Washington. Participants will receive up to $15 to help defray their DMV costs.

"We wanted to have a broad audience and a captive audience. You're captive at the DMV." -Angela Fulwood Wood, chief operations officer of the Family and Medical Counseling Service

The year-long project would be another way to reach residents in a city where a 2008 epidemiology update concluded that 3 percent of the population had HIV/AIDS. That is well above the 1 percent considered to be a general epidemic, advocates for prevention and city officials said.

1 comment:

IRMA said...

Read the Washington Post's coverage of the program's success: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2010/10/response_to_hiv_testing_at_dmv.html

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