MT. PLEASANT — The Central Michigan District Health Department offers free HIV and STD testing (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis C).

The program is available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Isabella County branch office, 2012 E. Preston Ave. Mt. Pleasant. Walk-ins are welcomed upon staff availability during the designated testing times. All testing is confidential.

According to a news release from the Central Michigan District Health Department, an estimated 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, including about 162,500 (14%, or 1 in 7) people who do not know they have it. There is typically about 38,000 new HIV infections each year in the United States.

"Getting tested is the first step to finding out your status," the release states. "If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medications as prescribed helps you to live a long, healthy life while lowering the chances of passing it on to others."

To ask questions or schedule an appointment, please call 989-773-5921, ext. 1409.

National HIV Testing Day is an annual event recognized each June 27 meant to raise awareness of the importance of knowing one’s HIV status and encouraging at-risk individuals to receive an HIV test.

Central Michigan District Health Department serves the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon. For more information, visit cmdhd.org, like Central Michigan District Health Department on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMiDHD.

IF YOU GO

Free HIV and STD testing

• When: 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday

• Where: Central Michigan District Health Department, Isabella County branch, 2012 E. Preston Ave. Mt. Pleasant