San Mateo County and Walgreens are teaming up to offer free HIV testing at the store’s downtown San Mateo location to support National HIV Testing Day.
Joining 140 cities nationwide offering free testing days, the county effort will offer free and confidential tests June 26-28.
San Mateo County Health System recently launched its “San Mateo County Greater Than AIDS” campaign to promote HIV testing, raise awareness and reduce the stigma.
“The epidemic in San Mateo County is largely hidden, which makes it challenging to reach and educate those most in need,” Darryl Lampkin, prevention coordinator for the county STD/HIV program, said in an announcement of the testing.
The latest data reports 1,424 people living with HIV in San Mateo County, and 67 percent of those have AIDS. Of those infected in San Mateo County, 17 percent are black although only about 3 percent of residents are that ethnicity.
Tests are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28. All tests are at Walgreens on 191 E. Third Ave. in San Mateo.