Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | Category: Press Releases
October 1, PHOENIX AZ — Aunt Rita’s Foundation launches Get Tested AZ, a new HIV testing initiative throughout Arizona increasing the accessibility for free HIV testing locations to 116 through partnerships with Sonora Quest Laboratories, Walgreens and Albertsons/Safeway pharmacies. Free test vouchers will be provided to Arizonan’s over 18 years old, who have not received an HIV test in the last 12 months by logging onto GetTestedAZ.org where test locations close to your zip code will be provided. For questions, call Aunt Rita’s Foundation HIVAZ Connect hotline at 602-903-1221.
Testing locations will be available across the state in Greater Phoenix, Greater Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and smaller communities. There are different protocols for the testing sites. Sonora Quest Laboratories is the only testing facility that takes a blood draw which gives the patient a confirmatory test result in 3-4 days either by email or through their secure patient results portal at SonoraQuest.com. HIV tests at Walgreens and Albertsons/Safeway pharmacies is a 20-minute rapid test and results are delivered in person and if positive, they will refer to Aunt Rita’s Foundation to receive a voucher for a confirmatory test at Sonora Quest Laboratories.
What happens after test results are in?
Aunt Rita’s Foundation has made it a priority for people getting tested to be informed about additional services available to them, especially to those who test positive for the HIV virus. A positive test results in mandatory reporting to the Arizona Department of Health Services who will contact Aunt Rita’s Foundation to reach out to the client and help connect them with service providers.
“This HIV testing initiative is consistent with Aunt Rita’s goal to normalize HIV testing and complements our existing home HIV test kit initiative promoted at MysteryKit.org,” said Glen Spencer, Executive Director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation. “By offering testing locations at 116 locations throughout Arizona at three trusted names in healthcare we hope to achieve our goal to have 90% of all HIV positive persons tested and connected into medical care.”
In Arizona, 15% of all HIV positive individuals are not aware of their status, which represents a public health problem for the continued spread of the virus. The CDC recommends that every U.S. adult be tested at least once for HIV, and thatat-risk individuals be tested on a regular basis. Persons who are sexually active or sharing needles for injection drug use should be tested at least annually. This new program supports the overall goal of the Arizona Department of Health Services to have 90% of all HIV positive persons in Arizona tested and identified, as well as President Trump’s goal to end HIV by 2030.
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About Aunt Rita’s Foundation:
Aunt Rita’s Foundation promotes HIV awareness and education throughout Arizona throughout its websites HIVAZ.org, a one-stop database for the diverse services and resources to develop, enhance or expand a healthcare strategy, and in Spanish HIVAZ.org. These sites provide complete directories of HIV service providers throughout the state. Aunt Rita’s also offers free HIV testing through at home HIV test kits, MysteryKit.org, Spanish MiPaquete.org, and GetTestedAZ.org at 116 locations in Walgreens, Sonora Quest and Albertsons/Safeway pharmacies in Arizona. Aunt Rita’s is also providing grant funding to 13 nonprofit partners in Maricopa County. Since 2005 Aunt Rita’s has granted over $2 million dollars to its partner agencies in Central Arizona. For more information visit www.auntritas.org or call 602-882-8675.