Valley recognizes National HIV Testing Day

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POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 5:09pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:44am

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and the only AIDS organization in the Valley is encouraging the community to find out their status.

Members of Valley AIDS Council in Brownsville have been spending their day testing people for HIV.

In South Texas, one new person is diagnosed with HIV every day.

Every four days, that positive is a person 24 or younger.

Valley AIDS Council reps say people have been coming in earlier to get tested, which drastically helps improve their  chances of leading a healthy life.

"Today is National HIV Testing Day, so we're trying to get about 10,000 people tested all over the Valley," said Valley AIDS Council director of education Oscar Lopez. "We're doing it today, we did it yesterday, we're doing it over the weekend. So we don't have a total number yet, but I would say we've tested maybe 300 people."

There are more than 3000 people living in the Valley with HIV.

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