Free HIV testing events take place Monday in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27, groups in Indianapolis are offering free, confidential HIV testing.

The Marion County Public Health Department will be at two Walgreens locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hoosiers can get tested for HIV, receive information, and get their questions answered about prevention and treatment options.

Walgreens locations are:

  • 1530 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 46202
  • 3734 East. 38e Street, Indianapolis, 46218

Other testing organizations will also offer free testing.

The Damien Center, Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization, also offers free testing at its building at 26 Arsenal Avenue. The tests will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Damien Center staff will also be at Walgreens, located at 902 E. Hanna Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HIV testing is done by a quick finger prick of a blood sample and test results are available within 20 minutes.

The Damien Center says it saw a 40% drop in testing in 2020 compared to 2019. In 2021, 13,900 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana.

The CDC reports that new HIV diagnoses fell 17% in 2020, but the researchers say the data should be interpreted with caution due to the impact of the pandemic.

Graph provided/CDC

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The Damien Center recently received a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Alan Witchey, president and CEO of the Damien Center, says the money will be used for strategic initiatives within the organization. It is designed to be an endowment that is invested to generate continued income for the future of the Centre.

“It’s kind of like a golden egg for a non-profit organization because most of us live every day how are we going to pay the bills, how are we going to pay for things and the idea of ‘Having long-term stability is not a common thing,’ says Witchy. “These types of grants simply help anchor organizations and causes in the community for the very long term so that we can continue to support the people who come to our doors every day.”

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