The Project of Primary Health Care and Polk County Health Department will offer 1 minute HIV test at this year’s Capital City Pride in Des Moines, on June 13th and 14th.
The Project (formerly AIDS Project of Central Iowa) has been providing free and confidential rapid HIV testing at PrideFest since 2007.
During the festivities, the public can get a free 1 Minute INSTI HIV tests, along with screenings for Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Results for other STD screenings can take up to 5 business days.
The INSTI test is very well suited to events of this kind because results are available immediately. Other rapid HIV tests can require 15 to 40 minutes to run, which can deter people from testing or from returning for their results.
In addition to being the fastest test in the world, INSTI is over 99% accurate and the most sensitive rapid antibody test currently on the point of care market—meaning it can detect HIV earlier than all other tests of its kind, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data.
It is estimated that over 1.1 million people are HIV positive in America and 1 in 6 don’t know they are infected. Individuals on treatment can reduce their risk of spreading the virus by as much as 96%.
The first step is taking the test, and the CDC recommends routine HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65 – not just those deemed to be “at risk.”
To get your free INSTITM test at PrideFest 2015, stop by The Project’s booth either on Saturday or Sunday of Pride. PrideFest 2015 will be held at the historic East Village on June 13th – 14th. Free testing is available on Saturday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.