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North Dakotans Urged to be Tested for HIV

June 21, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. - Like many diseases, if HIV is caught early it's treatable with today's medicines. However, according to Denise Larson, HIV coordinator with the North Dakota Department of Health, few North Dakotans bother to get tested, because the state has such a low number of cases. She is urging people in high-risk groups to use National HIV Testing Day on June 27th to find out if they carry the virus without knowing it.

"People who are having unprotected sex, injection drug users, somebody who had a tattoo that wasn't done at a licensed facility - all these people may be at a higher risk."

Another growing high-risk group, Larson says, is those over 65 who think their age protects them. Larson adds that her agency has long battled a feeling among North Dakotans that they have nothing to worry about from HIV.

"One of the biggest barriers that we face from the health department standpoint in North Dakota is the lack of perception of risk. People don't feel they are at risk of HIV in our state, so they so don't think they might fall into a risk group or need to get an HIV test."

The agency has a list of 30 locations across the state where citizens can get free HIV tests, with the results ready in 15 minutes. A complete list of the sites is available online at the health department website, www.ndhealth.gov.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND