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Kent County to offer free HIV testing on Saturday

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World AIDS Day event at East Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Sites like Facebook and Twitter are leading to new health risks.

Denise Bryan, a personal health services supervisor at the Kent County Health Department says, "Social media creates the ability to meet people very quickly. It also creates this sense of intimacy, as if we know our Facebook or Twitter friends. If there is a hookup or sex enters the picture, a lot of times when I'm interviewing partners, they don't know very much about that person, where they live, what their last name is."

This, in turn, can lead to more cases of AIDS. That's why the Kent County Health Department is offering free testing this Saturday as part of "World AIDS Day". The latest tests only require one finger poke and take 15 minutes to get results.

Bryan says, "Testing is the gateway to prevention. I think a lot of people think it can't happen to them and we've had a busy year, a lot of positives."

The free testing will take place at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Patients can remain anonymous. You can also set up a free appointment anytime at the Kent County Health Department on Fuller Avenue.

Monday, December 3, 2012, KCHD is offering two additional opportunities to get tested:

Kent County Health Department - Free walk-in testing
700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids - Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Valley State University - World AIDS Day Event
DeVos Building, on the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids - Testing is scheduled from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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