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SC officials offer free testing for HIV, sexual diseases

June 27, 2021 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — To mark National HIV Testing Day, South Carolina health officials are offering free testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases later this week.

The free testing is Tuesday at several local health departments across the state, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement.

Officials recommend going online or calling 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment.

State health officials said adults can also order up to two free kits to test themselves at home at together.takemehome.org.

National HIV Testing Day is actually Sunday, but health officials decided to offer the free testing Tuesday.

At least 20,000 people in South Carolina have HIV.